hart's tongue fern / horse tongue
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A lovely, evergreen fern that is both eye-catching and versatile. Each spring fresh new tongue-like fronds unfurl, creating upright clumps which look super dotted through a woodland floor. It is also valuable for adding vertical interest towards the front of a partially shaded border or for underplanting established trees and shrubs. Once established, it becomes more tolerant of dry soil.
- Garden care: Plant into soil that has been improved with organic matter and water regularly during the growing season. Do not allow the soil or compost to dry out until the plant has become established. Tatty or damaged fronds can be removed in early spring as or just before the new growth emerges.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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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
Q:Help with ferns to plant in large pots
I would like to buy some ferns to go in pots to grow along the side of my house. The site is not too shady. Could you suggest four different types that will not outgrow their pots too quickly? I have looked at the selection of ferns on your website and think they look fabulous. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can put in an order. Many thanks. BerylAsked on 3/9/2010 by Beryl Booker
A:Hello Beryl, Most of the ferns will thrive in pots, provided they are kept well watered. Therefore I would opt for some evergreen ferns such as the following Polypodium vulgare http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/polypodium-vulgare-/classid.1835/ Polystichum munitum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/polystichum-munitum-/classid.1838/ Cyrtomium fortunei http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/cyrtomium-fortunei-/classid.2000004668/ Asplenium scolopendrium http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/asplenium-scolopendrium-/classid.1808/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/9/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Hanging baskets for shade please
Hello There, I want to plant up some hanging baskets with interesting foliage plants like ferns. They will then stay in a shady spot. Can you help with a few suggestions?Asked on 7/17/2009 by Mike Simpson
A:Hi Helen To let you know I have just ordered all of your suggestions below. Thanks again for taking the time to helpAnswered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello There, You could use any of the following plants, but as they are reasonably mature they will really fill the baskets.Hosta
Carex oshimensis Evergold
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/dryopteris-erythrosora-/classid.1823/ Hosta undulata var. albomarginata
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/blechnum-spicant-/classid.1816/Answered on 7/22/2009 by Mike Simpson
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