Asplenium scolopendrium Crispum Cristatum Group
hart's tongue fern
The margins of this Hart’s Tongue fern are more crimped and curled and the bright-green leaves appear to ripple in winter - even in deep shade
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness:fully hardy
Shiny, wavy-edged fronds unfurl like frisee lettuce in early spring, and remain all year. This is an unusual, showy, evergreen hart's tongue fern that looks best planted en masse, either under shrubs, at the edge of a shady border, or among spring-flowering perennials. Once established, it can tolerate dry soil.
- Garden care: Plant in soil that has been improved with organic matter. Water regularly during the growing season, ensuring that the soil or compost does not dry out while the plant is getting established. Remove any tatty or damaged fronds in early spring before the new growth emerges.
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Q:Non poisonous plants for pots please
Hi I wonder if you can help. I have a Nursery school and am looking for some plants I can plant in pots, that are in a partly sunny, partly shady spot. They have to be plants that aren't poisonous and provide interest over as much of the year as possible. I really like the plants in you ready made border section on the website site, particularly shady pink, sunny pink and keep it cool. Could you please tell me if any of these plants are suitable for my needs? Many Thanks JoanneAsked on 4/9/2010 by Happy Hearts Day Nursery
A:Hello Joanne, I think your best option would be to opt for mainly evergreen shrubs as these will provide year-round interest. You can then infill with some of the more colourful perennials. As long as the spot does not get too much shade, then here are some of your best options. Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/pachysandra-terminalis-/classid.3288/ evergreen ferns http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/plcid.309/vid.228/ Rhododendrons (choose the smaller varieties for pots) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rhododendron/start.1/sort.0/cat.plants/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/9/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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