10-18"; finely textured soft green rounded fronds; dark brown/black stems; a
delicate addition to a woodland garden; water during dry spells; native to
p. ‘Miss Sharples,’
Delicate looking gold fronds light up the shade garden. Excellent companion
to large blue Hosta.
semi-evergreen fronds make impressive 3’ mounds over time. Grows 8-12”
high. Makes a wonderful edge in the woodland or a nice house plant.
Australian Tree Fern.
Bright-green broad fonds are
finely cut, spreading from a slender trunk. Not hardy, may be overwintered
Variegated Holly Fern.
A striking fern with vibrant coloration matched by no other hardy fern
in cultivation! Sharply-defined yellow-green bands run along the axis
of each pinna, in stunning contrast to the deep, dark green pinnules.
36"; feathery, lacy fronds; easy to grow and drought tolerant.
filix femina, ‘Dre’s Dagger.’
An attention getting
deciduous lady fern with fronds that form a unique three-dimensional X, each
ending in a small petticoat. Each from matures at just over 18” long, while
each cross measures 1.5” from tip to tip. VERY cool.
filix femina ‘Frizelliae,’
distinctive with fronds of deep green which resemble necklaces. The pinnae
or leaflets are formed like delicate balls along the stems. Highly sought
after fern. 12-18”.
filix femina ‘Lady in Lace.’
L0oking much like
prehistoric parsley, this fun and fantastic fern is easy to grow. This great
fluffy filler is an unique addition to the shady garden. Height 12”
filix femina ‘Victoriae Selections,’ ‘Fancy Fronds’ Judith Jones Selection.
The most spectacular
of all ferns! 2-4’ long fronds. Fancy Fronds is the tallest lady ferns.
Also the darkest green. One of the best non traditional frond forms.
Pinnae form a cross when viewing the length of the frond. This selection is
dark green and large. A real specimen plant.
filix femina ‘Victoriae Selections’ Mickel Selection.
Singled out by fern guru Dr. John Mickel (considered by many as the most
knowledgeable and experienced expert in the world) as exceptional. The most
spectacular of all ferns! 1-2’ long fronds. This selection is light green
Beautiful pale creamy green leaves with red stems.
Crested Japanese Painted Fern.
The heavy cresting of each frond creates a full, and delicate appearance
variegated foliage in blues, silvers, and burgundy. Reaches 12” -24” tall.
Metallic gray-green silver foliage. 18”.
n. ‘Pewter Lace.’
Arresting metallic pewter fronds are a true gem in the shade garden. Grows
12-18"; blue and green silvery foliage with red stems makes an impact all
season; pest and disease free; prefers moist, rich soil.
vidalii, Vidal Japanese Lady Fern. Golden-yellow fern with
striking red stems. A timeless addition to any garden that will brighten up
a shady area. 32" tall, 20" wide.
An interspecific hybrid of
Silvery gay fronds are held upright by reddish stems. Forms an attractive
clump and is great for massing in woodland areas or used as a specimen.
‘Burgundy Lace.’ A
spectacular fern with alluring burgundy and silver fronds. As the fronds
mature they transform into a contrasting silvery green with purple midribs.
To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring leave the frost killed
fronds on the plant over winter. Remove old fronds when the new fronds reach
6 inches tall.
‘Ghost’. Ghost has
stunning silver/white fronds that stand broad and tall. Wonderful as a
background plant in the deep shade because it stands out and complements
everything around it. A sterile hybrid from the Lady/Painted fern group.
‘Lady in Red’.
Vibrant burgundy colors run throughout the stipe making this one of the
most exciting perennial garden fern introductions to ever come along.
‘Silver Falls.’ A
majestic fern! Stunning silvery fronds with contrasting red veins shimmer in
the shade garden. Named after a famous Oregon waterfall. Unlike any other
Painted Fern, its lustrous silvering is intensified as the season
Long, finely cut fronds open a bright white on top, wine red underneath,
maturing to a silvery glow with red highlights. Stunning with green
foliaged plants. Iridescent color!
Deer Fern. Dark
green fronds are lance shaped and evergreen. Very compact, growing to a
height of 8-20”.
Cloak Fern. Low
growing fern to 6”. Fronds are green on top, and silver on the bottom.
Good for hanging baskets where the bottom of the fronds can be seen.
CYRTOMIUM. Easy to
grow in a woodland soil; shade/part shade.
Fortune’s Holly Fern.
Evergreen arching erect crown. This lustrous, deep green broader leafed
fern has all the qualities of great fern color, texture, distinctive shape
and very adaptable to various conditions.Easy to grow in well drained
woodland soil in shade to part shade. Semi evergreen fronds. Reaches 18 to
30 inches tall and wide. Cutting back old fronds in early spring promotes
vigor and growth.
Japanese Holly Fern.
Semi-evergreen fronds. 18-30”. Does not like soggy soil.
Scented Fern. Sun to
18-24”; fast spreading; light green finely cut fronds; tolerates relatively
dry areas; dry fronds smell like hay.
Shade to part shade.
dark green fronds with a fine lacy texture, dark brown trunk. Not hardy,
may be overwintered indoors.
Shade/part shade; prefers rich, moist soil; water during dry spells.
Shaggy Shield Fern.
24"; evergreen yellow-green fronds.
Wood Fern. 4-5’;
erect, semievergreen fern. Lustrous dark green.
Fern. Native to
southern Missouri woods, often found growing in rotting logs, hence its
name. Shade to part shade. Tall, erect, 3-4’ fronds are shiny emerald
green, with a dark stipe (stem).
Fern. 30"; young
fronds of glossy copper mature to beautiful dark green; the fronds take on
autumn colors again after frost.
Lustrous, young orange fronds give a dramatic performance in the shade
garden. Mature leaves are glossy green and evergreen. Excellent variety
that tolerates a wide range of conditions including drought. Grows best in
Male Fern. Bright,
dramatic fronds unfurl coppery-red. Sharp fronds create striking plants,
far superior than the species.
filix-mas ‘Crispa Cristata.’
Frilly green fronds.
Crested Male Fern.
Makes large clumps of 3-4’ long fronds. Easy to grow and tolerant of
drought and dense shade.
Unique fern with robust, dark green crinkled and crested foliage that
resembles parsley. Vigorous grower; matures quickly compared to other
ferns. Great for mass plantings. Can tolerate moderate drought once
established. Grows 18 - 24 inches tall and wide.
labordei ‘Gold Mist.’
New growth is golden yellow.
Fronds mature to glossy deep green. Grow in partial sun for best color.
Fern. New fronds
unfurl brilliant orangey-red and slowly transform to shiny green. Compact
fern that becomes a 1-2’ mound.
Southern Shield Fern. 2 to 4 foot tall semi-evergreen fronds are slender
and glossy, making an impressive effect in the shade garden. Zone 6.
Provide extra mulch in winter if grown in outlaying areas. Does best in
moist, well drained soil.
Dryopteris, from the
Greek, drus (drys),
"oak" and pteris
"fern of the oak wood"
marginalis, from the
border, enclose with a margin". Common name from the location of the spore
bearing sori along leaf edge. Missouri native.
Wood Fern (Dryopteris
affinis x Dryopteris expansa). Excellent landscape fern with broad grass
green, delicately cut blades. Semi-evergreen. 2-3’. Soft pale green new
growth in the spring. Very rare in nature.
Beautiful, tall fern for full shade. 36”. Not invasive like other big
varieties. Prefers consistent moisture.
tokyoensis. Forms a
tight clump of upright, narrow, 2 foot long fronds. A very vertical look
that provides an upright substitute to our native Christmas fern. Easy to
grow in full to part shade in rich, moist well drained soil. Fits well into
the woodland garden. Hardy to zone 5. Native to Japan.
Fern. Delicate small
fern that grows 5-8”.
broad plumey fronds; makes an excellent background for shade gardens;
prefers damp, rich soil; native to Missouri.
s. ‘Jumbo.’ A.K.A. ‘The King’
Huge, erect, plumelike
fronds make an impressive mound 48-84”. Makes a wonderful tropical effect.
Fern. Shade to part
light green fronds with deeply lobed pinnae, upright fertile fronds are
shorter and aligned with “beads” of pinnae bearing spores that persist
through winter; called sensitive because it dies back after first frost.
Native to Missouri
Fern. 24-36"; glossy
pale green fronds when young becoming cinnamon colored when mature; tolerant
of drought; native to Missouri.
Fern. 2-3’ fronds
with smooth oval leaf segments, large graceful fern with yellow fall color;
acid loving; will grow in wet ground; native to Missouri.
Evergreen with wide glossy fronds offer a different texture than most
ferns. Reaches 18”-24” tall and wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Fern. 24-30"; glossy
dark green lance-shaped fronds; evergreen; native to Missouri.
Hard Shield Fern.
An evergreen fern with tapering ladder-like leaves, each leaflet is
subdivided, giving a finely cut, feathery appearance. Native to England.
Reaches 24 to 36 inches tall and wide. Grow in full to part shade in
acidic, rich, evenly moist and well drained soils. Drought tolerant once
Fern. A popular fern
with 1-2’ long fronds that are markedly lustrous and dark green and heavily
scaly. The species name means “many eyelashes,” alluding to the bristlelike
scales. Native of Japan and southern Korea. Does well in rich garden soil,
and appreciates consistent moisture.
Soft Needle Fern.
2-3’ fronds; beautiful young fronds; easy to grow.
Arborvitae Fern, Braun’s Spikemoss.
Shade to part shade.
braunii: 6-20” tall,
semievergreen. This lacy spikemoss is most attractive. The creeping
rhizome sends up erect, woody, frondlike stems to twenty inches tall with
many short hairs. Native to western China.
prehistoric fern relative is semi-evergreen for the woodland garden. Low
spreading foliage reaches 6 inches tall and spreads. Grow in light shade to
shade. Do not allow to dry out. Hardy to zone 6.
Fern. This plant
has smooth, green fronds. Plants will colonize to create carpets of green
under trees. 1-2’. Shade to part shade.