After the BBC covered Stumperies as part of their Garden Revival programme I have been asked a number of times which ferns are suited. It seems that a stumpery is now the 'must have' garden feature, and after you see one you'll know why! The answer is almost any of the hardy ferns I sell. The shelter, humidity, drainage and shade mean that most ferns will thoroughly enjoy those conditions. I have put together a selection of the more interesting types, as well as a few natives, to get the best from your stumpery. The Victorians loved the 'Gothic' feel and this selection will help recreate a part of the atmosphere but with a few cheerful additions to brighten the mood! To find out more about the ferns offered just click on the name. The ferns are:
Adiantum aleuticum 'Imbricatum' 9cm- A very hardy fern, and, despite its delicate appearance, very tough.
'Imbricatum' is a dwarf selection with green to blue-green foliage and purple wiry rachis. This variety forms a dense clump and is very easy to establish in good humus-rich, moist soil in shade..
Dryopteris lepidopoda 9cm-Evergreen, height to 60cm. A stunning, evergreen fern, new fronds are a rich mixture of oranges and yellows before maturing to green.
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Pinderi' 9cm- Deciduous. Structural upright fronds..
Dryopteris dilitata 'Crispa Whiteside' 9cm. Semi-evergreen, height to 60cm
A superb, very easy to grow variety with light green, lightly crisped fronds.
Polystichum rigens 9cm- An intriguing evergreen fern with fragrant new fronds, citrusy musky in character!
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' 9cm- Japanese Painted Fern. Deciduous fern so plant some woodland bulbs near this. In spring the famous multicoloured fronds appear and last through to late autumn.
Polystichum tsus-simense. 9cm- A superb evergreen fern that thrives in the good drainage a stumpery provides.