Ferns for specific sites


Ferns for specific sites

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Most ferns are however very tolerant of different conditions and environments. However a few ferns do need certain soil, moisture or light requirements.
Below you will find ferns that will do well in specific areas, including 'problem' areas. The list is currently being updated and will be added to over the next few days.

Terrarium and house plants


A selection of ferns that grow well indoors. ...more

Ferns for living walls


These features are becoming very popular as vertical spaces are utilised for planting. The following ferns should grow well but will need frequent watering until established ...more

Ferns for sunny spots


Another popular misconception about ferns is that the must be grown in shade. Many actually prefer a dose of sunlight during the morning and evening. The following will also tolerate full sun if grown in a moist soil. For most, the frond colour will be much lighter than those grown in shade. ...more

Ferns for boggy areas.


It is a popular misconception that all ferns need wet places to grow. The reality is that most ferns dislike waterlogged conditions. There are a good few exceptions of course! ...more

Ferns that grow well in alkaline soils


Most ferns will grow in reasonable alkaline soils with no problem. An annual top-dress of leaf-mould works wonders. the following will grow in shallower chalky soils but due to the nature of these soils extra watering may be required. An organic mulch will also help. ...more

Easy to grow ferns.


Most are ferns are very easy to grow with little attention needed. The following are exceptionally easy and should grow in most soil types. ...more

Ferns for indoors and conservatories


A selection of ferns very suitable for indoor conservatories or greenhouses. The list doesn't just contain sub- tropical or warm-temperate plants as many hardy ferns cope well with the drier and warmer air. ...more

Evergreen ferns


Ferns that remain evergreen for all, or nearly all year. ...more

Dwarf/small ferns (typically under 30cm)


Asplenium trichomanes
Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'
Gymnocarpium dryopteris 'Plumosum'
Polypodium vulgare
Polypodium vulgare 'Bifido-multifidum'
Polypodium scouleri
Polystichum setiferum 'Congesta'

Ferns for acid soils


Many of the following will grow in most soils. Those marked * will not grow well in alkaline soils. ...more

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