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 filix-mas
Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere. Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and wide, with finely cut, medium green fronds to 1 ft. wide. Usually evergreen, sometimes deciduous. Tolerates considerable drought when grown in full shade.
Native to much of the Northern Hemisphere. Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and wide, with finely cut, medi...
Grows to 10 in. tall and 16 in. wide. Foliage is very deep burgundy—nearly black—with a gl...
From the eastern U.S. Grows to 4 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. Stems and lance-shaped leaves to 5 in. long are...