Shaggy Shield Fern. This evergreen to semi-evergreen fern has a stellar vase-shaped habit with good dark green leaflets which contrast with the black scales on the stipe and rachis which is just Pterid-talk for stem below the leaves and stem with the leaves. Coldest part of its zonal range might precipitate a loss of fronds but it will be fine. A bold and classic appearance for containers or the shaded garden where it is going to do best in moist to moderately moist soil.
Autumn Fern. There's common names for you. Don't expect fireworks in the fall from this one because you get them all spring and summer with the new fronds unfurling a pinky coppery red before they age to the expected green. Very showy and one of the best evergreen ferns.
Newly introduced evergreen fern from China which we hope to see fall of 2015 when we go plant hunting in its native Anhui. The species epithet "pulcherimma" means "Beautiful" in Latin although this was named by a taxonomist so it could mean it has gorgeous scales on the rachis under magnification. It is pretty and very heat tolerant.
Tokyo Wood Fern. Classy deciduous species from Japan and Korea with good garden manners. A necessary fern if you are a ferner and we are so we had to have it - more than one truth be told. Deer and rabbit resistant which is critical in our garden. We need to move the couch from the living room out to the garden at night so the dogs can send the vermin herbivores packing.
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