Culture and comments Though rarely available commercially, here is a modest-sized fern to use as a landscaping substitute for Dryopteris wallichiana. With subdued peach-hued new growth, albeit missing the dominant sheath of sinister scales, it is ornamental and content in light shade and woodland soil. once established, it is drought tolerant as well as better adapted to extremes of temperatures.
(1908) described some 296 cultivars, which rightly or wrongly are by some people termed simple monstrosities (G. Schneider 1892). Although most of these originated in Victorian Britain and have been lost to cultivation in the ensuing years, many are still proudly displayed and maintained in the gardens of collectors worldwide. They are extremely variable in form and dissection ranging from the fine tracery of the airy plumose varieties, to those with eccentric twists and turns, to the heavily tasseled and ornate crested types (from Mother Nature's baroque period). The latter are so embellished that they are best employed as specimen focal points. Grouped together they are more museum pieces than landscape art. Most do not come true from spores and should be propagated by division. Note also that, like the species, they break easily and should be located out of harm's way. All are early deciduous and, if winter landscaping projects are on the agenda, should be flagged so as not to...
Culture and comments Widely adaptable and cultivated, Osmunda regalis and its varieties are noble and trouble-free ornamental selections for the beginning fern gardener as well as the specialist. The tall bold sprays of foliage are statuesque as backdrops or as foreground focal points. All tolerate various exposures including full sun in wet sites and strongly prefer acid soils. in upland gardens supplemental water is a requirement. They are, however, deciduous so the garden design must allow for a winter visual void. Prior to the British Victorian fern-collecting heyday of the late nineteenth century, the species was very widespread in the British Isles including stands in central London. While diminishing the wild population, the collecting fever yielded some interesting cultivars that are still popular today.
Culture and comments This fern is easily grown in moist acidic soil in the partially sunny to the lightly shaded garden bed. With its exceptional cold tolerance it is a welcome landscaping plant in nature's cold-challenged areas. Osmunda clay-toniana was formerly known botanically and descriptively as O. interrupta.
Culture and comments Here, at last, is a species that is easily identified and readily makes the transition into a home landscape. it will roam around in light soil without being invasive and is especially welcome as a winter cover in sites where other plants are dormant. Conversely, it does leave a blank in the summer garden design until new foliage unfurls from midsummer to early autumn. For year-round mobility, it can be grown in a basket and displayed or hidden as the seasons and foliar compositions demand. The rhizomes are used by Native Americans for licorice flavoring.
Culture and comments In the landscape design this is a stout and solid element with a height somewhat more home-garden proportionate than the Cyathea giants. it should be an easy choice for Zone 9 and 10 gardens. Tidy gardeners need to adjust to the appearance of the dead skirts and resist the temptation to remove them, which, while possibly improving the fern's cosmetic appearance, would hinder their cold resistance.
Culture and comments German specialists have this in cultivation in protected Zone 6 gardens. My lone plant survived its first winter (as a youngster) in Zone 8. With its mid green radiance, it is a handsome complement to the pastel greens, hosta blues, and pale yellows in the garden design. Give it nutrient-rich compost, plenty of shade, and a site nestled among shrubby plants for protection from the extremes of heat and cold.
Stoloniferous ferns with rhizomes on steroids, such as Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern), will happily go forth and colonize, with new plants appearing at some distance from the parent. These can be dug as individuals and easily reestablished (or graciously given away to a friend in need of instant landscaping). I bought one Matteuccia some 20 years ago, and left it in its pot over the winter. It eventually found a home but not before the stolons escaped from the pot and made their way into the surrounding garden. Every spring two or three babies still doggedly appear at the original site and every spring I still doggedly dig them up.
Culture and comments The rusty-scaled new crosiers provide a dramatic springtime show, and the massive mature massif adds reliable year-round substance to the garden design. Its bushy habit makes this useful for screening as well as a statuesque single specimen. It is not particular about soil or site and once established is quite drought tolerant. There are several widely distributed cultivars. All are exceptionally cold tolerant and all come true from spores.
Homeowners Guide To Landscaping
How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.