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:
Athyrium otophorum 'Okanum' 9cm- A beautiful hardy fern with colourful foliageof lime greens and purple. Deciduous but keeps its fronds well and rises early in spring. Can stay evergreen in mild winters in a sheltered spot.
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 setiferum 'Divisilobum' 9cm. Superb evergreen, height to 90cm. Beautiful variety of the native soft shield fern with dissected foliage giving a lighter feel to this robust fern.
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 filix-mas 'Barnesii'- A fabulous semi-evergreen with tall upright fronds giving the planting scheme a good vertical element..
Stumpery Fern Collection. 7 ferns €27.00
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