Or to put it in more understandable terms, the Crested Hart’s Tongue Fern – an evergreen beauty with rich green strap-like fronds, heavily divided with spreading crests. Guaranteed to provoke comment from visitors to your garden. Best in light to full shade. Lime-free soil. 2 ft. May also be available in 2 litre pots at £4.50.
Known as the Japanese Painted Fern because of the silvery metallic colour that the fronds develop set against the reddish stems. It won't come as a surprise then that it is also known as 'Metallicum' - different name, same plant. An attractive fern, happiest in light shade where it will grow up to 18 in. Lime-free soil. 2 litre pot.
There’s something rather exotic about the looks of this fern – it looks as if it should be an indoor specimen, but it’s actually extremely hardy. Big, bold, flattish evergreen fronds bring a touch of drama to a shady corner. Likes a humus-rich soil. To 15 in. 2 litre pot.
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. Tree fern. You will have seen these in garden centres as hugely expensive soft trunks topped by ferny foliage. Well, this is your chance to take on an exciting long-term project! We offer young plants, which will eventually reach 20 feet in height. Will tolerate some direct sunlight. Acid soil. 2 litre pot.
The name is a bit of a mouthful, so it’s easier to call it the Shuttlecock or Ostrich Fern. It grows into a magnificent specimen, like a huge shuttlecock, with fronds sometimes reaching 5 feet. Best in light to full shade. Lime-free soil. 2 litre pot.
The American Sword Fern is perhaps the very best of the evergreen ferns, with imposing arching fronds that taper to sword-like points. Will create a real focal point in a prominent position. Best in light to full shade. Likes a humus-rich soil. 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
A very attractive form, this is the dwarf soft shield fern: it is evergreen, with triangular very upright fronds that are dense and overlapping, hence the name. Given its size, best to plant it where it won't be overwhelmed by larger neighbours. Moist but well drained soil. Best in light to full shade. 12 in. 2 litre pot.
Ferns don’t half have long unpronounceable names! This is the mossy soft shield fern: it is evergreen, with attractive feathery, finely dissected fronds, and the ability to take quite a lot of sun.. Best in light to full shade. 18 in. 2 litre pot.