- Position: full or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Lustrous, dark green fronds up to 90cm (36in) long arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. This evergreen fern is aptly named since the substantial fronds resemble large swords. Perfect for providing all year foliage interest for a mixed border in full or partial shade, it performs best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole.
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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
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