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Old 03-19-2012, 10:09 PM
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Ferns - Need recommendations & advice

I have beds along the walls of the house that are in varying degrees of shade. Most get at least some sun each day. I would like to plant ferns in these beds. I am in south Louisiana. We do have the occasional freeze but it seldom lasts more than the night. However, I did lose many plants a couple of years ago when we experienced freezing temps for a couple of days. The beds are on the northern, western, and southern sides of the house. I need suggestions on which ferns would do well in these circumstances.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:18 AM
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Just go one zone down - zone 7 to be sure they are hardy - then do a search for "zone 7 ferns". You'll get a bunch of hits.

I also found this page:

Choosing the right fern for your site
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:23 AM
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ostrich ferns.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by comesnatural View Post:
ostrich ferns.
Oh yeah, Ostrich fern is a good one, I like the classic feathery look of TN Ostrich (Athyrium pyemocarpon).

3 others that I really like in my garden are;
  • Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) - it's evergreen in my NC garden (love that), and the new foliage in the spring is a pretty amazing pinkish color
  • Japanese Painted fern (Athyrium niponicum) - also pretty much evergreen for me and great coloring
  • Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) - not evergreen for me, but I love the color of the new growth and the different texture of this one.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:34 PM
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what my ferns taught me!

I started here about my leather fern which was gorgeous but the tips are now a little to ask about that and came upon other fern questions...especially Maidenhair...not doing well? just cut the entire thing back...try to leave any new fronds if possible. wait and water, and voila, entire beautiful and new maidenhair...they like some sun too...just do not bake them. I usually cut them back yearly... Somewhere I read that ferns love to be cut is not easy as it is bald at first, but well worth the wait time. Does anyone out there feed their ferns? and if so what?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:02 PM
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feeding ferns

Hi, i''ve read ferns don't like to be fertilized.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:11 AM
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I don't claim to be an expert on ferns but I live in zone 6 and ostrich ferns are classified as "native" in Indiana. We get lots of cold weather so I bet they would make it there in LA. Also, we have lots of humid heat in the summer. I would give them a try. - Kari
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:00 PM
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I don't know about the cold climate ferns with heat - such as Ostrich Ferns, but you should check out Pyrrosia. Those should do very well for you, and there are a lot of neat ones.
Dryopteris is another nice, neat fern that should do well for you.
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