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 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. Quickly adding volume to your plantings and slowly filling any 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 esthetic!
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.
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.
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 adding 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 looks 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 highlights any shady area with sumptuous color. Intersperse among other shade lovers such as Hosta, Astilbe and Bleeding Hearts for a truly lush garden!
Lovely as greenery and fillers for your containers and window boxes, Lady Fern adds graceful movement and feathery appeal!
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 planted in rich, organic soil on the acidic side. Though Lady also does well in most types of soil as long as they are moist and well-drained.
Just like the Southern Lady, or Red Stem Fern, this classic plant can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer. Deer rarely bother these plants, even in the most woodland garden setting.
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!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Athyrium filix-femina|
|Mature Height||2 - 4 feet|
|Mature Spread||2 - 3 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Moisture||Consistent & Moderate|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|