June 22, 2012
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Native Ferns Comparison

Wisconsin Native Ferns Under rated and under utilized perennials, Wisconsin native ferns are staples in part-to-full shade landscapes. We commonly tout ferns for their ability to give any landscape setting a \”woodsy\” feel. The easily recognizable foliage offers shade environments a unique level of texture. These Wisconsin native perennials are […]
November 21, 2010
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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Description & Overview Regarded as a living fossil, Cinnamon Fern makes a great border in a shady spot, like on the north side of a foundation. The light-colored leaves contrast beautifully with the cinnamon-colored stalks of the fertile spikes and the shade of the environment. As […]
November 20, 2010
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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern Onoclea sensibilis Description & Overview Bearing its name from its sensitivity to frost and drought, Sensitive Fern capitalizes on wet and humid environments. The large textured leaves create a grand green expanse to an under-story or the north side of a foundation. Sensitive Fern is the perfect addition […]
November 20, 2010
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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Description & Overview Growing up to 4 feet tall, Ostrich Fern is a dominant aspect of a woody landscape. The easy, maintenance-free perennial is a always a sure sign that spring has sprung. The delicate fiddleheads uncurling in the signature fern-fashion is a spectacular sight that […]
November 13, 2010
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Lady Fern

Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina Description & Overview Lady Fern is a Wisconsin native, clump-forming perennial with long upright-arching fronds and light green stalks that contrast beautifully in a shaded environment. As a low-maintenance perennial, Lady Fern is also deer-resistant and can tolerate drier conditions than most ferns. Grow in mass […]
November 13, 2010
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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum Description & Overview Maidenhair Fern is a maintenance-free, Wisconsin native perennial that can tolerate minimal sunlight and grow to cover a foot and a half of space. This delicate fern will give a woodsy yard a tranquil transition. The soft-green fronds land softly upon each other […]
January 16, 2010
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Lady in Red™ Fern

Lady in Red™ Fern Athyrium filix-femina ‘Lady in Red’ Description & Overview Vibrant burgundy color runs through the veins creating a striking contrast with fine-textured, lacy green fronds on this native cultivar, Lady In Red™ Fern. A volunteer “nativar” selection found by the New England Wildflower Society in Massachusetts, this […]
January 15, 2010
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Ghost Fern

Ghost Fern Athyrium x ‘Ghost’ Description & Overview Ghost Fern is a hybrid of Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’) and Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), best noted for its combined upright stellar silvery foliage. Showing off its best steely-gray foliage in spring and becoming more soft-gray/blueish as heat comes, the […]
January 15, 2010
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Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ Description & Overview Japanese Painted Fern is a show stopper in any woodland garden, with silvery blue fronds and pulsing burgundy veins throughout it brightens up a shady location. Great for a mass planting or border, organically rich soil loving, this fern is a […]
January 6, 2010
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Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Description & Overview Featuring a unique year-round color, Christmas Fern is a wonderful way to add color to your landscape through the cold winter months. The 2.5ft foot tall fern can reach 3 feet in the right environment and be a staple to a foundation of […]