The unusual foliage of ferns adds special interest to the shade or woodland garden. Native ferns are becoming popular plants with gardeners. Ferns provide a wide assortment of foliage, with a variety of shades of green.

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Braken Fern

Pteridium aquilinum

Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

The large vase-shaped fronds of this fern provide a luxurious, tropical feeling to a woodland or partly shaded garden. Growing 3-4 ft. tall, this fern needs room to grow and spread.

Sensitive Fern

Onoclea sensibilis

The yellow-green color of this fern adds brightness to a shady garden. Can be a bit aggressive, it is low-growing, providing a good groundcover of less than 1 ft. Versitile, it can survive in full sun, part or full shade, but needs good moisture for a good part of the year. It immediately withers upon the first frost of fall, giving it its common name, Sensitive

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Thanks to Rick Webb (Wild Ones) for use of many of his photos.