ferns

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  1. david

    david Apprentice Gardener

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    i have a small area that receives dappled sunshine and would like to grow ferns in this area.( not exotic...english varieties)
    advice please and if anybody knows suppliers in east of england area i would be most grateful
     
  2. SteveW

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    If you know anyone who has Amateur Gardening and can give you last weeks copy...they had a very good collection of 5 ferns in last week
     
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    How small is small? My Mum's had a male fern I think for ten years or more now and it's got a 3-4 foot spread and that's after I split it.I love ferns but they have 2 problems 1 a lot of them look very similar so you don't know which is which 2 if you do know what it's called you probably won't be able to pronounce it. :eek:
     
  4. SteveW

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    Look out for the Harts tongue fern (asplenium) very different from most ferns in that it has broader strappy leaves instead of...well...ferny leaves
     
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    i can thoroughly recommend dryopteris goldieana (syn:goldiana)
    it has beautiful light green leaves, with a touch of gold, and in the spring the new growth is delightfully pretty.
    I have 2 around the base of an amelanchier tree, in dappled sunlight, and they look FAB!

    Enjoy them, they're lovely!
     
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