Richly Green and Adaptable
Wet and dry shade areas can get a boost of texture from the Wood Fern. This beautiful fern is tough and adaptable, yet still graceful and richly green.
The delicate fronds of the Wood Fern arch from a central ring of stalks that emerge from the rhizome, giving the mature plant a vase-like shape. It’s a medium green shade, which brightens shady areas and gives excellent contrast to other flowers and foliage. It’s willing, to spread but stops short of being invasive.
The Wood Fern gives your garden multi-seasonal interest with its summer green fronds as well as its winter color. It takes on a bronze cast as winter approaches, adding dimension to the garden bed.
Growing 2.5 to 3 feet high and 8 to 12 inches wide, the Wood Fern is a moderately sized plant that won’t dominate its neighbors. The arching fronds are deeply cut, giving it a lacey delicacy that belies its hardy nature.
This resilient fern is hardy in zones 8 to 10 and semi-evergreen. It needs little more than a weekly watering, perhaps a bit more if temperatures are especially high or drought conditions are present. Loamy, moist soil is its preference but it can tolerate less ideal conditions with grace.
This appealing fern will make any shaded area, whether along a foundation or under a tree, a little more beautiful.