Lady Fern

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The gorgeous Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) has been a shade garden staple for years and for good reason! This hardy Fern has remained the picturesque image of woodland beauty!

In the wild, you will find the North American native Lady Fern living happily by streambeds, in dappled forest edges, meadows, in moist woods and thickets. Because she thrives in such challenging conditions out there, can you imagine why this Lady will excel in your home garden?

The light, grassy green fronds unfurl in the unmistakably romantic fountain shape so beloved by gardeners. The lush Lady Fern will quickly add volume to your plantings and slowly fill any shady garden spots with abundant growth!

The bright green color is consistent from top to bottom and carries a delicate, lacy texture. Lady Fern gives any shady garden an instant cool, calming, and relaxing aesthetic! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 10, these perennial deciduous Ferns grow 2-4 feet in height, forming vase-shaped clumps 2-3 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

These lush beauties compliment so many different garden styles - from stylish urban beds, bountiful cottage borders, wild and informal woodlands, as well as sleek, formal modern rows. Lady Fern's verdant foliage shines in shadier garden beds. The lovely fronds are as perfectly suited in containers as they are in low borders.

Any shadowy area in the landscape benefits from these hardy perennials! The light green fronds almost glow in dappled shade under larger trees. The perfect understory planting adds romantic airiness, and refinement along the east-facing foundations, softening the edges of fences and rock walls.

If you have spots in your shade garden that look bare or are just looking for lovely green to fringe your front porch, make sure to include this beauty! Any gazebo, garage, or garden shed becomes your garden focal point with a lacy skirting of delicate Ferns!

When planted in drifts, the light green hue will instantly brighten any shady area with sumptuous color. Intersperse among other shade lovers such as Hosta, Astilbe, and Bleeding Hearts for a truly lush garden! Loving higher moisture environments, around the outskirts of Rain Gardens, and moderate moisture gardens, nearly any shade-to-part shade garden is suitable.

Lovely as greenery and fillers for your containers and window boxes, Lady Fern adds graceful movement and feathery appeal! Dont forget to snip a few of the fronds to add greenery to your bouquets and floral arrangements!

  • Lush, Fine Green Fronds
  • Light & Delicate Textured
  • Fountain Vase-Shaped Form
  • Perfect In The Shade Garden & Loves Containers
  • Versatile Garden Style, Borders, Edging, Mass Filler & More!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lady Fern has shown up in garden sketches as early as the 18th Century, so you know that any plant that has been around that long must be hardy and easy to care for!

Preferring full shade to part sun and dappled shade, Lady Fern is super easy to grow and hardy from the cold northern regions down to zone 5, to the heat & humidity in the southern states up to zone 10. These gorgeous fronds do their very best in consistently moist soil that does not dry out and are planted in rich, organic soil on the acidic side. Lady also does well in most types of soil as long as they are moist and well-drained.

Top-dress with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to hold moisture in the soil, and insulate the roots. Just like the Southern Lady, or Red Stem Fern, this classic native plant can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer. Deer rarely bother these plants, even in the most woodland garden setting.

  • Full Shade to Part Sun
  • Wide Range of Hardiness
  • Prefers Rich, Moist Well-Drained Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Clean Mounds In
  • Easy Care Deciduous Fern

The Lady Fern is the classic shade garden plant! Cooling and calming, the romantic Lady Fern is the perfect addition to add delicate grace to your garden! Super hardy and easy to grow, you can't go wrong with these lovelies. You'll be glad you ordered your Lady Fern from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Lady Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-10
Growing Zones 5-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Athyrium filix-femina
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Consistent & Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring