Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Love Ferns in the Garden

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 23, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I have a couple of different Autumn Ferns and they all seem to do ok here, this one has done very well.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 23, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Larry,
I love ferns and have a few.I just placed an order for four more. My faves are the painted ferns and the ones with pale fronds like Ghost fern.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 23, 2016 1:14 PM CST
Ferns are a favorite of mine too. I have 5 varieties of painted ferns. Last year I acquired Godzilla. Should be outstanding when it gets to be 2-3ft tall!
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 23, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Ferns are like the backbones of the shade garden. The Painted ferns really offer some great colour and texture as well. I just have the regular Japanese Painted Fern but would like to add Burgundy Lace. Lots of Ostrich Fern here as its so hardy but it's spreading tendencies can be a headache. I acquired a few Lady Ferns last year including the Tatting Fern that is quite interesting. Hope it does well. Would love to see some pics of Ghost and Godzilla; added to my ever increasing wish list, lol.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jan 23, 2016 2:27 PM CST
I also love the big 'Macho' fern, but it has to be brought in or protected during even our mild winters. So I almost have to restart it every year.

That is why I prefer ferns that can pretty much hold there own out in the garden like the Autumn ferns.
I do have a couple of different types of Japanese painted ferns, but I would be hard pressed to tell them apart if they were not labeled.
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 23, 2016 3:20 PM CST
I love the color of the Autumn ferns; wonder if there are any hardy to zone 3 or 4. Zone 5 is really pushing it for me, unfortunately. Macho certainly lives up to his name!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2016 4:22 PM CST
I too love ferns in the garden, wish I could grow more of them but I do not have space and shade I have 3 wood ferns that have survived for several years, they have remained quite small but they are still lovely. I added 3 different ones this past summer but they are still small, I hope they survive the winter.

Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jan 23, 2016 11:58 PM CST
We have many ferns in the wooded areas of our garden and by our stream. I agree that they are like the backbones of shady areas - as well as being interesting in their own right, they give structure and texture and make the perfect backdrop for many other plants.

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jmorth
Jan 24, 2016 3:05 AM CST
I've had undeserved success with Ostrich ferns in my 'somewhat small secured' shade garden. I started with a couple small Ostrich Ferns several years ago, now the area boosts 10 or more.

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