The first fern that really grabbed my attention was "Lady-in-Red" . Don't get me wrong .. I have always loved ferns .. even as a kid they smelled absolutely wonderful to me. Almost a comfort zone in fact. Now as a gardener I have the chance to learn about so many different types. I also thought of a great way to support that "vase" affect for this fern .. peony hoops !
The first fern I actually bought for my garden was a 'log fern" .. now that one takes a long time to "get happy' in its digs. I actually bought an Ostrich fern (can you believe THAT ?) .. hence loads of babies for difficult places such as the end of our drive way where the boat rest in summer, when not in use .. and my car slumbers through winter .. tough spot .. even tougher fern fern.
I have different Japanese painted fern (Silver Falls, Ursula's Red, Metallica ) cultivars .. a Ghost Fern (cultivar from a Lady fern mix) .. Japanese Beech .. Korean Rock ferns,Christmas .. well you get the idea .. lastly a very temperamental Maiden Hair fern still waiting to see if it will honor me with an appearance or has it been done in from this hard winter ?
I guess you can see I am a huge fan of ferns and would love to have a large enough garden for a secluded woodland, with ferns as the backbone.
When the lottery kicks in ! .. 'ben" ... you have me dreaming of THAT again ! haha