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:
Aslenium trichomanes 9cm- A beautiful hardy fern, and, despite its delicate appearance, quite tough. This species spreads slowly and is easy to establish in good humus-rich, moist soil in shade..
Dryopteris erythrosora 9cm-Evergreen, height to 80cm. A stunning, evergreen fern, new fronds orange/red maturing to green.
Dryopteris seiboldii 9cm- Evergreen: Fabulous fern, broad fronds, slightly glaucous fronds.
Polystichum polyblepharum 9cm. Superb evergreen, height to 60cm
A very easy to grow species with shiny green fronds.
Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' 9cm- A very hardy, lower growing 'holly fern' with evergreen fronds that thrive in the protection offered by a stumpery or similar site.
]Athyrium nipponicum 'Red Beauty' 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.
Dryopteris cycadina- A fabulous evergreen with tall arching fronds and black scales along stipes and rachis giving it its common name of Black Wood Fern. Open but still luxuriant habit.
Stumpery Fern Collection. 7 ferns €27.00
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