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Tall and elegant, these ferns look great during the spring and summer months thanks to their green fronds, but also in fall and winter when their upright reproductive fronds stand in the snow. They are excellent in damp soils and look especially at home beside ponds and streams. They may colonize large areas.
Bold plants need bold partners. Joe Pye weed is a perfect partner for ferns in stature and their fondness for damp places.Iris
The swordlike foliage of Siberian iris is a good foil for the osmunda fronds that are enlivened by the colorful iris flowers. Both enjoy moist soil in sun or light shade.Lobelia
At waterside, cardinal flower and cinnamon fern are fine companions. Both foliage textures and the jewel colors of cardinal flower make for an interesting scene.Hosta
Hosta's bold-texture foliage plays off well against fine-texture ostrich fern fronds in beds and borders.