The autumn fern has a russet-red underside to its leaves but it’s still pristine enough to flatter snowdrops in early winter- before its new red-backed fronds appear
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This striking deciduous fern has triangular-shaped fronds, which are coppery-red when young and slowly mature to dark green. One of our recommended plants, it needs plenty of moisture and contrasts beautifully with evergreen ferns and other woodland plants.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Cut back decayed fronds in winter to allow new growth to emerge.
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