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Survival of the Fittest: Ferns

Survival of the Fittest: Ferns

Posted by Emerald Coast Growers on Mar 28th 2024

From the dawn of time, ferns have seen it all. Many of our best-sellers graced the world's gardens over a century ago. Before that, their foliar ancestors shared the planet with really big reptiles during the Jurassic era, a likely inspiration for the newest cultivar to catch our attention.

Both Dryopteris varieties shown here grow to a mature height of 18-24" and are hardy for Zones 5-9. Let's explore more.

Dryopteris erythrosa

(Autumn fern)

New fronds emerge warm coppery-bronze and mature to bright green.

A staple for shaded and partly shady spaces, ferns offer softening, unifying textures for the landscape. These perennial offerings are pleasantly deceptive: Their timeless beauty disguises their rugged, long-lived, low-maintenance nature.

Dryopteris w. Jurassic Gold PP32735

New spring growth is a striking golden orange hue. As the fronds mature, they evolve to a bright golden yellow and green.

Fit ferns in your fine spring program. Start here, now, with 50-cell liners from your friends at Emerald Coast Growers – your easy choice!

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