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Adiantum venustum

Adiantum venustum

A very hardy and beautiful Maidenhair fern, slowly creeping to form a patch of delicate fronds. New fronds emerge pink early in the spring. Ht 30cm. Very tough, in dry-ish or moist humusy soil in semi-shade.

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Anemia mexicana

A most unusual fern, from Mexico believe it or not. Known as the Flowering fern for some reason, probably because the totally green fertile fronds rise vertically through the pinnatifid, evergreen, sterile fronds in a somewhat flowery way, though they don't look remotely like flowers, per se. I've seen this in NE Mexico on well drained rather dry sites.

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Arachniodes davalliaeformis

From the Southern Japanese islands comes this unusual species with very thick textured, though lacy, dark green fronds to 60cm tall. These are seemingly made of plastic and quite stiffly held, offering a most unusual look in the shade garden. For a sheltered and semi-shaded position in leafy soil, not too wet. Should be hardy across most of the UK.

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Arachniodes simplicior (syn. A. aristata 'Variegata') (new)

A particularly handsome evergreen Asian species with broadly triangular, bipinnate, dagger-like hard textured fronds; deep green and glossy with prominent yellow markings along the midribs and therefore naturally variegated. An elegant beauty for semi-shade where it will make a gently moving colony on spreading rhizomes. Beware slugs when fronds are young. Hardy.

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Arachniodes standishii

The 'upside-down fern' from Japan and Korea has semi-evergreen, tripinnate, ovate, pale green fronds rather different from most in the genus, which reach up to 90cm. It also has the rather funky appearance of the fronds being upside down, which they are, of course, not. An unusual but hardy and easy fern for a humid semi-shade position in leafy soil.

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Athyrium 'Ghost'

Athyrium 'Ghost'

Very different to anything else, even the greyer forms of A. nipponicum, this truly unique fern has uniformly very pale grey fronds with darker stipes. Fronds are regularly and delicately divided and rise in a rather upright fashion to 60cm. A hybrid between the 'painted' and 'lady' ferns. A wonderful contrast to greener things. For semi-shade.

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Athyrium nipponicum var. pictum 'Silver Falls'

A newish form of the Japanese painted fern with lovely, subtly marked fronds, mainly in ghostly silver-grey but also with a good wash of deep red up the middle. Best in a semi-shaded site in leafy soil, not too dry, where it will spread slowly. Height 35cm.

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Athyrium otophorum var. okanum

A colourful, very hardy Lady fern from Japan with fronds an unusual creamy-green with reddish stalks and veins. Great as a contrast in greener plantings. Ht 40cm. Semi-shade and humus rich soil.

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Blechnum punctulatum (new)

Long slim, linear to lanceolate, evergreen pinnate fronds that emerge red-pink from an open rhizome, this South African is hardy across the UK and beyond. Humus rich soil in semi-shade. Frond length 60-90cm.

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Cheilanthes farinosa (new)

A highly attractive small fern with bipinnate lance shaped fronds to 30cm. Fronds are erect, which is useful for viewing the exquisite pure white undersides, which is derived from a protective farinose wax. Native primarily to Mexico, but also to Africa and Asia, this xeric fern is suited to pot culture in the UK; outside in sun in the summer and overwintered dry under glass.

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Coniogramme japonica 'Flavomaculata' (new)

The 'Bamboo fern' is a potentially large evergreen fern from the Far East with twice pinnate glossy green fronds up to 1m long by 60cm wide in good conditions. In this form with small yellow markings in herringbone pattern on the upper side of the fronds. For a shaded moist humus rich soil.

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Cyrtomium devexiscapulae

An unusual Holly fern with a wide range in Eastern Asia, but as yet rarely planted here. Up to 80cm high with glossy, leathery dark green fronds composed of long pointed well spaced pinnae (leaflets) in up to 10 pairs per frond. Suitable for a sheltered, shaded, humusy position in most areas. A good bold contrast to finer textured ferns etc.

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Cyrtomium falcatum

An evergreen 'Holly fern' from the Far East, up to 60cm high with glossy, leathery, dark green fronds composed of broad pinnae, creating quite a different look to most ferns Hardier than once imagined and suitable for a sheltered position in most areas.

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Cyrtomium falcatum 'Rochfordianum'

A striking evergreen 'Holly fern' up to 60cm high with glossy, leathery, dark green fronds composed of broad pinnae and in this form with handsomely lacerated margins. Hardier than once imagined and suitable for a sheltered position in most areas.

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Cyrtomium macrophyllum (new)

The Large leaved Holly fern is one of the most striking of the genus with very large segments to the 60cm fronds. Unlike more usual looking ferns this makes a bold exotic presence. The fronds are composed of up to eight pairs of pale green, matt textured pinnae; each broad, but drawn out at the tip. For woodsy soil in shade.

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Diplazium australe (new)

The 'Austral Lady Fern' hails from Eastern Australia, New Zealand and Lord Howe Island and is a close relative of Athyrium. A medium to large fern, this remains elegant with finely divided tripinnate fronds to 70cm. Easily grown in shade to semi-shade in moist leafy soil, this rarity should be hardy in all but the very coldest inland northern pats of the UK.

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Diplazium dilatatum (new)

A splendid, exotic looking medium to large fern from Southern Asia to Australia, this rarity warrants a sheltered position until its hardiness is proven, or pot culture. Bipinnate evergreen fronds up to 3m tall from a trunk to 50cm in habitat, though no doubt smaller here unless you garden in a west coast woodland.

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Diplazium hachijoense (new)

An exotic looking rarity from Japan, though this has proved its hardiness over many years in a cold part of Central England. Large evergreen bipinnate fronds to 90cm arch over and make semi-horizontal layers of handsome foliage from a gently creeping dark rhizome. Non-invasive, but give this one some space to shine, in a shaded leafy spot.

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Doodia aspera 'Rough Ruby'

Noted for its rough textured fronds that emerge pink-red, this Antipodean species produces said fronds from 15 to 45cm tall and enjoys a warm well drained position. From a gently spreading rootstock this forms patches. Best in the warmer parts of the UK and deciduous if grown outside here.

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Dryopteris aemula (new)

The 'Hay Scented Buckler Fern' is a North West European native, including Britain. One of our most attractive wild species, with fresh green triangular tripinnate textured fronds. Native of humid woods, this prefers neutral to acid humusy soil in shade. Deciduous. Height 60cm.

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