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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