Sunday, March 28, 2010

Japanese Painted Fern

I used to have a thing against ferns.  They somehow seemed boring to me and I refused to plant any of them.  Over time, my ideas changed and I started wanting some more filler for shady areas.  Not to mention that ferns are so easy to grow and come in so many shapes.  This is one I have growing between my azaleas in nearly full shade.  It merrily marches along and takes whatever comes its way.  It has a nice burgundy color to its leaves with a silvery sheen.  Put one in a pot for a shady porch or in the ground in a shady bed  and the Japanese Painted Fern will provide color and texture for many years.

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