Ornamental Plants

Well watered and planted in rich soils

Ferns are easy to grow decorative plants that require minimum care and arrangements. Learn to grow your own fern at your home for a bright and fresh natural decoration for your windows and balcony.

Boston Fern

Find the maintenance guide for growing Boston fern inside your home with effective measures.

Ostrich

Learn about the useful properties of Ostrich ferns to make your environment healthier and bright.

Maidenhair ferns

Design your interiors with eco-friendly decors and plant Maidenhair ferns for textures and a healthy appeal.

Indoor & Outdoor Ferns

Care For Fern Plants

Mass planting

Learn equal distribution of nutrients and sunlight to the ferns for a well-balanced share of bright green colour.

Border edging

Finish your garden borders with the right edging techniques to provide a clean and attractive environment for your plants.

Landscape Attributes

Learn about the right method of growing ferns at your home or backyard. Take effective measures for the best growth of your plants using expert tips.

Light

Ferns can do well in moist shady places. They can grow inside with partial exposure to sunlight.

Water

Ferns grow the best in moist and well-watered soil when kept in a shady but warm environment.

Pot Ferns In Porous Soil

Pick out a clay or ceramic pot.

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How to Use Ferns in Your Garden or Landscape

If you have been to the avenues in the countryside, you are sure to have come across the lush yield of ferns. The carpet they form on the ground in these swampy areas makes for an ornamental feature. They cascade over stone walls and rocky surfaces to adorn the rugged structures with green. Although you can see a galore of ferns in the wild, it is not common to be grown in a home landscape. What most people overlook is the fact that these perennials can further beautify their gardens without any other factors tormenting the owners.

Ferns come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and shapes, and they don’t require much care like the other plants. They can live long and grow easily without the pests, rabbits, or any other animals attacking the yield. You can use them at your gardens or landscape to make everything look elegant. It adds wildness to your surroundings by transforming your garden into a space of diverse plants. If you are planning to get ferns for your landscape, here are a few steps you can follow to get it done easily.

 

Ferns for Your Garden and Yard

Ferns would be a great plant to add to your garden if you have some shade plants such as dicentras, hostas, caladiums, and astilbes already growing in the space. Adding ferns to your yard will give it better ground cover, thereby putting you at an advantage of not having to pay much attention to the grass. If you have a rain garden or a soggy area in your courtyard or backyard, plant ferns in the moist soil with the other moisture-loving perennials like ornamental grasses and monarda.

Planting Ferns

Work in some peat moss and compost before planting the ferns in the loose soil. Not all ferns require a certain soil pH to grow abundantly, but some of them need an acidic medium to grow. Check the soil’s acidity before you plant it. In areas where sunlight is high, planting cinnamon ferns and interrupted ferns. Lady ferns of Christmas ferns are best to be planted in the dry soil. If your ferns wither due to the hot weather, cut them a bit above the stems so that they can regrow properly when the temperature cools down.

Best Ferns for Home Gardens

Since there are plenty of options to select from, it could be hard for you to choose a particular one for your garden. However, there are a few types that are easy to be planted in the gardens.

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

This type of fern is popular in the southeast US and is green throughout the winter in these regions. Like in the Boston fern, the fronds in here are also long, narrow, and dark green. Make sure to plant them well-drained soil that is moist and acidic.

Ghost Fern

Provide shelter to these ferns when they are planted in part to full shade. The soil must remain moist at all times since the Ghost fern cannot tolerate droughts.

Apart from these two major fern types, you can also opt for the Ostrich fern, Leatherwood fern, and Lady in Red.

Harvesting Rainwater for Your Home Ferns Garden

If you want your garden to look all fresh and green throughout the year, using rainwater is the best method. Storing it during monsoon to use for irrigation is a great method or solution to the parched areas in your garden. By providing enough water for your plant, you are making for a garden that never ceases to go green and put a smile on your face.

If you have ferns in your garden, you will need to learn about the watering patterns for each type or species. Some need moist soil all year round, whereas others can thrive in the dry areas. So, if the other plants in your garden require water always, it is best that you plant the ferns that require moisture for growth. Water can be used effectively without setting up complicated plumbing; attaching a garden hose to the tank where the water flows from the gutter will be enough to water your garden without any fuss. Here is a guide on how to harvest rainwater for your home garden.

Use Rainwater at All Times

Use Rainwater

If the rainwater can be stored in your tanks for the whole year, you need not find a better way to solve the issue of your dried up gardens. Also, by using rainwater, your garden will thrive more abundantly healthily because it has no chemicals like fluoride, chlorine, or sodium, like in the other forms of water supply. Using soft rainwater is important if your garden is filled with sensitive plants.

Ferns can be sensitive to the chemicals in the city water supply, and the plant could die in the process. Many fruit-bearing plants and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, onions, cucumbers, and lettuce also face the same issue. The ornamental plants can lose its beauty and health when the chlorine content is high in the water used. Sodium can prevent the soil from letting the water to be absorbed by the roots, and fluoride can injure the plants too. So, it is always best to use rainwater for your garden.

Rainwater Harvesting is Easier and Good for the Environment

By opting for rainwater harvesting, you do not need to spend a lot of time handling the plumbing that could otherwise be quite complicated. Using barrels was also considered a good idea, but those become full during a downpour, leading to overflowing in your garden.

Good for the Environment

The water you use for irrigation should be free of chemicals, as mentioned earlier. It cannot be followed at all times because, in areas where rainfall is scanty, the potable water has to be used. The process of making the water potable leaves a carbon footprint that is quite significant to accumulate into one huge threat to the planet. Water from the lakes and rivers could be suitable for your garden, but it can affect the ecosystem. Harvesting rainwater is, therefore, the best idea.

The area of your garden needs to be noted down to calculate the amount of water it would roughly require in a year. For plant growth, providing 24 litres per square metre of your garden every week is a rule of thumb that can work in your favor.

5 Ferns To Grow

When thinking of enhancing the beauty of your garden, one of the most effective methods that come to your mind is the planting of ferns. They do not require much maintenance like the other plants do and are easy to grow too. The textures and foliage of the ferns also make it a good choice for your yard. Ferns have different types of yields that have varying patterns of growth, making it a bit difficult for you to narrow down to a particular one that is best for you. While some species die in the autumn to regrow in spring, the evergreen ones give produce all year round.

Growing ferns isn’t like how you grow other plants; so, you need to look for the ones that suit your garden and check their suitability in that green space of yours. Some may need sun for growth, while others prefer shade. And many of them produce good leaves in moist, well-drained soil, but a few of them need dry shade to thrive. When planning to grow ferns, you need to know several such factors. Once you have learnt them, it is time for you to check the types of ferns that are best to be planted in your garden.

1.      Adiantum venustum

Adiantum venustum

If you are planning to grow Adiantum venustum at your garden, you need to protect it from the winds, and it should also be planted in dappled shade or an excellent well-covered shade. It is an evergreen Himalayan maidenhair fern that has light green fronds and is delicate. The fronds will darken with age, and the thickness of the plant will prove to be a bane if you do not plant it at a favourable spot. This fern can grow up to 22-38cm.

2.      Asplenium scolopendrium

Get some saplings of Asplenium scolopendrium for your garden if it grows well in your local area. This evergreen fern needs no much care or maintenance; you will only need to tidy its surrounding during spring. Its height can go up to 45-60cm.

Asplenium scolopendrium

3.      Asplenium scolopendrium Crispum Group

The Crispum Group is yet another evergreen fern type, which is a cultivar of Asplenium scolopendrium. It has vibrant leaves with wavy edges, which become more pronounced with age. This group will grow up to 30-60cm.

Asplenium scolopendrium Crispum Group

4.      Athyrium niponicum

This eye-catching deciduous fern type is a Japanese native that is painted burgundy and silver to enhance the elegance of a garden. It has several cultivars that you can opt for if you want a different color. Make sure to plant it in moist soil, and also, look out for its growth pattern because it can go different ways without staying upright. Athyrium niponicum can grow up to 30-38cm.

5.      Dryopteris erythrosora

Dryopteris erythrosora is an evergreen fern that needs only a bit tidying up at the start of spring. It is known as the autumn fern because it turns red and grows in the spring with slight shedding, and it will eventually become green from the bronze shade.

 

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