hard fern , deer fern
- Position: partial or deep shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich, acid soil (or a mixture of 1 part lime-free loam, 1 part medium-grade bark chippings and 1 part charcoal, two parts sharp sand, 3 parts coarse leafmould for container- grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole.
As they age the feathery, dark green fronds of this handsome, evergreen 'hard fern' spread semi-horizontally to form an attractive, rosette-like shape. One of our recommended varieties, it provides all-year interest for shady areas of the garden and companionship for shade-loving, woodland plants.
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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: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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