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Ferns are mostly known for their interesting sporous way of reproduction. Gardeners also love ferns for their lush look. If you have asked yourself questions like “are ferns evergreen?” – the answer is yes. Even though most people associate evergreens with pines or other plants with needle-like foliage, some fern species can please your eye all year long. Evergreen ferns are truly great for landscaping because they add texture and dynamics to your garden.
As mentioned above, a few species are evergreen, so changing seasons won’t be a big deal for them. For example, Christmas Fern stays with its dark green leaves all year. Same with Tassel Fern or Japanese Holly Fern.
Perfect location. Most fern plant types are fond of shade; it’s the most suitable condition for them. Too much sun can harm them.
Soil. It depends on your variety, but any substrate mix that allows proper drainage will be fine for most ferns. Also, the preferable types of soil are neutral or alkaline.
Pruning. Perfect timing for pruning can solve a lot of problems. We recommend doing it in very late winter or early spring. The best pruning method is simple – you just need to cut all the fern fronds to the ground. This will help with the plant’s growth.
Moisture and humidity. If you are the kind of person that is slightly anxious about overwatering, then try ferns! They aren’t afraid of moisture and thrive in it. However, always research your variety because some fern types won’t mind a little drought.
Holly Fern, which got this name because of its pointy tips on the foliage, can be considered the best evergreen option – especially for shady places. It will look great with other suitable plants for such a spot. Another good thing about Holly Fern is that it is exceptionally hardy.
Ferns are similar when it comes to needing slightly moist soil. But it is no problem if you live in zone 7 or zone 7b because you can grow evergreen ferns there too. And here are some of them.
Lady Fern. This fern has attractive dark green foliage that will catch your eye. Like many other ferns, it is unpretentious and prefers shade.
Maidenhair Fern. This one has interestingly shaped leaves and an unusual texture compared to the other ferns. It also has a reputation for being difficult, which is not true – it just needs more water, and that’s it.
Tassel Fern. If you want something quirky in your garden, consider growing Tassel Fern because it has an unforgettable look! You can plant it in a hanging basket, but it is also suitable for the ground.
Japanese Shield Fern. This variety is considered one of the most common. It is also a slow-growing one, so you should be patient when choosing this fern for your garden.
Japanese Painted Fern. This evergreen fern is painted because it has silverish leaves and tender pink veins. This plant can be a great addition to a place with partial and even complete shade.
We have mentioned only a few examples of these ferns, but you can check our list below for more examples!
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