Ferns

Example of approximately what these plants look like when shipped. See the eighth photograph of any plant to see a photo of what it looks like when shipped.
Ferns add dramatic, sweeping textures and contrasting colors to your landscape. They are effective in mass plantings, as borders and as accent plants. Our ferns thrive in part shade and full shade. Dryopteris ludoviciana (Southern Shield Fern) and Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Hay-scented Fern) even tolerate full sun throughout the range of U.S. zones (check each plant description for details).

All of our ferns are tolerant of drought, and all except Athyrium Pictum (Japanese Painted Fern) are native to the United States. Some are evergreen or semi-evergreen, most are rarely eaten by deer and Polystichum Acrostichoides (Christmas Fern) is excellent for erosion control.

How to choose? Well, after more than 40 years of experimenting with various ferns, we have compiled a selection of the easiest to grow and hardiest ferns.

See photographs comparing average sizes of some bare roots and potted plants
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Japanese Shield Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $6.97 each  |  250 - 999: $6.67 each
(Japanese Wood Fern, Autumn Fern) Fronds emerge a bold copper-burgundy, later turning green giving a vivid variety of color. Evergreen in mild climates, this dwarf fern is excellent for borders and mass plantings. 18-24" tall.
In stock.
Japanese Painted Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $7.27 each  |  250 - 999: $6.97 each
(Japanese Red Fern, Red Painted Fern) A unique and beautiful, low-maintenance, easy to grow fern with distinctive fronds that emerge a metallic pewter with unique burgundy stems making this an unusual garden specimen. 12-16" tall.
In stock.
Cinnamon Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $4.87 each  |  100 - 999: $4.57 each
Splendid peridot green with fronds that shift from yellow to bronze-cinnamon, this hardy, highly versatile, moisture loving fern is famous for the spicy colors of her fronds. Mature height 30-60".
In stock.
Cinnamon Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
10 - 24: $6.77 each  |  25 - 99: $4.87 each
Splendid peridot green with fronds that shift from yellow to bronze-cinnamon, this hardy, highly versatile, moisture loving fern is famous for the spicy colors of her fronds. Mature height 30-60".
In stock.
Southern Shield Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $6.97 each  |  250 - 999: $6.67 each
(Southern Wood Fern, Florida Shield Fern) The tall, upright growth habit and shiny/leathery dark green fronds make a striking specimen. Evergreen in southern climates, the fronds are 30-48" tall and 12" wide.
In stock.
Royal Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $4.87 each  |  100 - 999: $4.57 each
(Flowering Fern) The most spectacular North American fern with a large size and distinctly different sterile and fertile parts that offer vivid green and rusty citrine colors. Highly sought after for landscaping. 24"-60" tall.
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Royal Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
10 - 24: $6.77 each  |  25 - 99: $4.87 each
(Flowering Fern) The most spectacular North American fern with a large size and distinctly different sterile and fertile parts that offer vivid green and rusty citrine colors. Highly sought after for landscaping. 24"-60" tall.
In stock.
Ostrich Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $8.67 each  |  250 - 999: $8.37 each
(Fiddlehead/Garden/Hardy/Shuttlecock Fern) Vibrant chartreuse fronds arch gracefully outward into a symmetric clump. Dramatic for foliage backdrops, foundation and boundary plantings. 36-72" tall.
In stock.
Christmas Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $3.47 each  |  100 - 999: $3.17 each
The quintessential fern, vibrant evergreen fronds are leathery and divided with holly-like leaflets. Excellent for erosion control, borders, edging and along foundations or walls. 12-24" tall.
In stock.
Christmas Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
10 - 24: $5.17 each  |  25 - 99: $3.47 each
The quintessential fern, vibrant evergreen fronds are leathery and divided with holly-like leaflets. Excellent for erosion control, borders, edging and along foundations or walls. 12-24" tall.
In stock.
Royal Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $7.27 each  |  250 - 999: $6.97 each
(Flowering Fern) The most spectacular North American fern with a large size and distinctly different sterile and fertile parts that offer vivid green and rusty citrine colors. Highly sought after for landscaping. 24"-60" tall.
In stock.
Lady Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $7.27 each  |  250 - 999: $6.97 each
(AKA Northern Lady Fern) With stems shifting from chartreuse to red and sunny spring-green leaves feathering gracefully from a central point, Lady Fern is sought after for her decorative appearance. 12-36" tall.
In stock.
Hay-scented Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $4.17 each  |  100 - 999: $3.87 each
People love this fern because it dramatically brightens shade gardens with vibrant chartreuse, medium sized foliage that emits the unique scent of fresh-cut hay when rubbed or crushed slightly. 2' tall.
In stock.
Hay-scented Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
10 - 24: $5.97 each  |  25 - 99: $4.17 each
People love this fern because it dramatically brightens shade gardens with vibrant chartreuse, medium sized foliage that emits the unique scent of fresh-cut hay when rubbed or crushed slightly. 2' tall.
In stock.
20% off Ferns: 25 Japanese Painted + 25 Cinnamon Ferns
On sale: $242.80
Regularly: $303.50 On Sale!
Save 20% on this popular package of ferns! This combination gives vivid color coverage throughout the season in zones 3/4-9.
In stock.
20% off Shady Variegated Deer Mix #2: 50 Variegated Japanese Spurge, 25 Variegated Greater (Large Leaf) Periwinkle, 25 Japanese Painted Fern
On sale: $325.60
Regularly: $407.00 On Sale!
Save 20% on this combination of shade plants with dramatically striking variegated foliage that deer generally avoid. Plant in shade or part-shade in zones 6-9.
In stock.
20% off Sunny Native Mix #1, 20% off: 10 Trumpet Creeper, 25 Goldenstar, Green and Gold, 25 Coreopsis 'Nana', 25 Southern Shield Fern, 25 Phlox 'Blue Emerald'
On sale: $502.96
Regularly: $628.70 On Sale!
Save 20% on this collection of colorful native plants for your sunny location.
In stock.
25% off Sunny Native Mix #2: 25 Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', 25 Hay-scented Fern, 25 Pennsylvania Sedge, 25 Daylily 'Orange', 25 Phlox 'Candy Stripe'
On sale: $518.44
Regularly: $651.25 On Sale!
Save 20% on this striking collection of native plants for your sunny location in zone 4-8.
In stock.
Lady Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $5.97 each  |  100 - 999: $5.47 each
(AKA Northern Lady Fern) With stems shifting from chartreuse to red and sunny spring-green leaves feathering gracefully from a central point, Lady Fern is sought after for her decorative appearance. 12-36" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 03/01/2023.Email when available
Ostrich Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
25 - 99: $6.67 each  |  100 - 999: $5.97 each
(Fiddlehead/Garden/Hardy/Shuttlecock Fern) Vibrant chartreuse fronds arch gracefully outward into a symmetric clump. Dramatic for foliage backdrops, foundation and boundary plantings. 36-72" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 03/01/2023.Email when available
Lady Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
10 - 24: $6.97 each  |  25 - 99: $5.97 each
(AKA Northern Lady Fern) With stems shifting from chartreuse to red and sunny spring-green leaves feathering gracefully from a central point, Lady Fern is sought after for her decorative appearance. 12-36" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 03/01/2023.Email when available
Christmas Fern {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $7.27 each  |  250 - 999: $6.97 each
The quintessential fern, vibrant evergreen fronds are leathery and divided with holly-like leaflets. Excellent for erosion control, borders, edging and along foundations or walls. 12-24" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 12/26/2022.Email when available
Ostrich Fern {Bare Root Plants, min 10}
On sale: $3.97
Regularly: $7.97
(Fiddlehead/Garden/Hardy/Shuttlecock Fern) Vibrant chartreuse fronds arch gracefully outward into a symmetric clump. Dramatic for foliage backdrops, foundation and boundary plantings. 36-72" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 03/01/2023.Email when available

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