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Turn that shady spot into a restful, green landscape by planting wood ferns. Although some ferns can be picky, wood ferns are tough, adaptable, medium-size woodland ferns with bold texture. Some species are evergreen and others are deciduous. Other common names include shield fern and buckler fern. Like most ferns, it needs rich, moist, humus-rich soil with plenty of water.

Wood Fern Overview

Genus Name Dryopteris
Common Name Wood Fern
Plant Type Perennial
Light Part Sun, Shade
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 3 feet
Season Features Winter Interest
Special Features Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division

Varieties of Wood Fern

Crested Buckler Fern

Crested buckler fern Dryopteris dilitata Cristata

Dryopteris dilitata 'Cristata' has delicate-looking fronds with a crest at the tip, giving the fern a lush appearance. It grows 2-3 feet tall and wide. Plant in zones 5-8.

Male Wood Fern

wood fern dryopteris

Dryopteris filix-mas is a North American native that forms a 3-by-3-foot clump of fronds. It is hardy in Zones 3-8 and remains evergreen in warm climates.

Garden Plans for Wood Fern

Side Garden
Lush Woodland Garden Plan
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