Fern planting in Containers

This is just a quick look at some ferns that were planted in some pots for the summer season at Harlow Carr. They did so exceptionally well its encouraged me to try more ferns in pots in the future.

They are in an area of the garden that’s shady and damp and were providing some lower level planting under some Acer palmatum trees in the pots.

I used some lush Polystichum munitum for a deep leathery contrast against some bright green Adiantum fern. The Adiantum is a houseplant species, chosen for its longer fronds and peachy tinge it wont survive outside this winter but will be lifted out very soon! I should mention the lovely Acer was ‘Orange Dream’.

In another pot, Polystichum braunii is planted with some limey green and red stem Athryrium otophorum var. okanum and Adiantum capillus – veneris. Accompanying all the ferns was a Salaginella sp.that really provided a lovely soft cloud cushion of green!

If or when the pots need to be emptied all the ferns will happily find a home in our woodland! But at the moment I cant bare to take them out!

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Polystichum braunii and Athyrium otophorum var. okanum with Selaginella in a container planting
Polystichum munitum and a Adiantum sp. join Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ in a container
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