I am not a great fan of ferns as I live too near moorland that shares its bounty with gay abandon and I spend significant time removing uninvited guests. These are usually Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) orÂ Buckler-fern (Dryopteris
dilatata) with fronds that are arranged like a shuttlecock. There are some exceptions such as the Hartâ€™s tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium) and theÂ Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) shown in this wall. The strap like frondsÂ and pinnate rectangular leaflet fronds make a simpleÂ feature on this mossy wall.
Ferns Favourite Locations
- Due to the microscopic airborne spores British species of ferns can grow in many unusual places such as rocky habitats.
- Woodland ferns such as Dryopteris species are easy and accommodating in the garden.
- The striking Osmunda regalis aka The Royal Fern prefers a wetland area.
- There are several ferns suitable for ground cover and a selection can be foundÂ on the native fern website