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Hay-scented fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobata

Hay-scented fern gets its name from the scent of its fronds when they're bruised. It is an upright native fern that tolerates a wide range of conditions, including dry shade, once established. Plants spread quickly to form a naturalized groundcover.

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Light:

Part Sun, Shade

Type:

Height:

1 to 3 feet

Width:

2-3 feet wide

Zones:

3-8

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Solomon's seal
This elegant shade plant has gently arching stems and dangling creamy bells. Solomon's seal adds height and grace to shaded gardens in spring. It's an easy plant to grow, and will slowly colonize -- even in tough areas where shallow tree roots rob moisture and nutrients. The foliage turns golden in fall.
Turtlehead
This native perennial gets its name from the shape of its unusual flowers, which resemble the heads of snapping turtles. It's a good choice for heavy, wet soils and spreads to form dense colonies of upright stems bearing pink, rose, or white flowers from late summer into fall. It grows best in some shade, but tolerates full sun with adequate moisture.
Lungwort
In early spring, the brilliant blue, pink, or white flowers of lungwort bloom despite the coldest chill. The rough basal leaves, spotted or plain, always please and continue to be handsome through the season and into winter. Planted close as a weed-discouraging groundcover, or in borders as edgings or bright accent plants, lungworts are workhorses and retain their good looks. Provide high-humus soil that retains moisture. Although lungwort tolerates dry conditions, be alert for mildew.
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