Here is a fern that likes part shade and is a dependable evergreen. I really like this fern. In most years, once it is established it will only need grooming by removing the dead or damaged leaves. If the winter is very hard it will come back from its crown, if it is a victim of freeze damage. I think the key to having really beautiful ones is placement in the garden. They do best if grown in high filtered shade in a well drained location. Good fertile soil really makes the plants grow robustly. I generally fertilize lightly, when the new fronds are actively growing out of the crown. As a single plant, they are great and can be a low accent. In mass they really make a striking ground cover that generally doesn’t exceed two feet in height. The course texture of the fronds makes them a “look at me plant,” even though their green leaves are their only outstanding characteristic.
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