Japanese Painted Fern

Native to Japan, Northern China, Korea and Taiwan, the Japanese Painted Fern is the showman of the fern family.  A bright colourful stem with pinnately symmetrical rows of silvery fronds it quickly naturalizes in any rich, moist, shady location of your garden and it’s eye catching when paired with plainer, softer looking plants.

This fern can be divided every 3-4 years in the Spring to encourage more vigorous growth.

Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium nipponicum

  • Light Exposure: Partial sun-shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, rich
  • Height: 1-2′
  • Width: 1-2′
  • Bloom Time: n/a
  • Bloom Colour: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Silvery fronds tinged with burgundy
  • Pests and Disease: Trouble free
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, groundcover
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage
  • Zone: 4-8

Example Varieties:

Lady Fern

Back in the Victorian Era the Lady Fern enjoyed a bit of a boy band popularity.  Known as the Victorian Fen Craze (1837-1914) hundreds of species were coveted, discovered and collected by all levels of culture to be used in small glass houses called Wardian Cases and miniature terrariums.  Fern societies were created and ‘trading cards’ were passed around salons and back gardens.  This led to irresponsible harvesting and poor care of captured species.

Despite the craze Lady Ferns survived the onslaught of over zealous collectors and today are still a popular specimen plant for everyday gardens.  Tall fronds rise from a central base and the soft feathery appearance is a textural gem.  Ferns can be divided in the Spring.

Lady Fern

Athyrium sp.

  • Light Exposure: Partial sun-shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist
  • Height: 1-3′
  • Width: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: n/a
  • Bloom Colour: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Shades of green
  • Pests and Disease: Slugs, snails, fungus
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, groundcover
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage
  • Zone: 3-8

Example Varieties:

Beautiful Bouquet

BouquetI celebrated my 33rd birthday last week and got a beautiful surprise.  My wonderful boyfriend sent me at work a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.  The display consisted of peonies, mums, ferns, alstroemeria, bells of Ireland, and my absolute favourites, lilies.

What a great surprise!!!