This is one of the largest genera of ferns, with well over 100 species from many parts of the world. Use them in shade or woodland gardens, where their fronds contrast nicely with the foliage of other plants, especially large-leafed sorts such as hostas and hydrangeas.
Wood ferns grow best in rich soil with plenty of organic matter and regular moisture. They tolerate dry shade. As a rule, they are rather forgiving; a good choice for beginning gardeners. These plants are seldom bothered by deer or other pests.Dryopteris erythrosora
Native to China and Japan. Erect growth to 2 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide. One of the few ferns with seasonal color variation. Expanding fronds in spring are a blend of copper, pink, and yellow; they turn green in summer, then rusty brown in fall. Bright red spores, produced on leaf undersides, are an attractive winter feature.
Native to China and Japan. Erect growth to 2 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide. One of the few ferns with se...
From the eastern Mediterranean. Stems to 1 ft. tall bear clusters of 1-in. white flowers striped green...
Native to the Pacific Northwest, these grow to 16 in. tall, producing clusters of dark blue, inch-long...