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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Lady In Red'

…red stems and green foliage. It would be a useful addition to any fairly shaded garden where it will thrive, showing off its architectural form and gently uncurling fronds. This hardy fern is bound to create interest for all who see it. Height: 90cm (36). Spread: 60cm (24). Supplied as plug plants.  More Info

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Shuttlecock Fern

A hardy deciduous fern producing elegant lime green fronds which unfurl gracefully in spring, giving the plant a shuttlecock-like appearance. Easy to grow and awarded an RHS AGM, the shuttlecock fern makes a fabulous architectural addition to borders, woodland gardens and the edges of ponds. Growing…  More Info

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Dryopteris erythrosora var. koidzumiana

Also known as the ‘Rosy Buckler Fern’, Dryopteris erythrosora is prized for the glowing colours of its newly emerging fronds. Dryopteris erythrosora var. koidzumiana is an especially colourful selection, distinguished by its brilliant red fronds that transition to glowing shades of pink,…  More Info

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Tree Fern

The Australian Tree Fern makes an extraordinary sight! Long, finely cut fronds of up to 1.5m (5?) unfurl from the crown in a truly magnificent display that adds drama to damp, shaded areas of the garden. Native to Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to around -5'C (23'F) and thrives in the…  More Info

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Blechnum brasiliense 'Volcano'

If you like Dicksonia tree ferns but find them too large or expensive, why not try this new alternative? This dwarf Brazilian tree fern has only recently been introduced to the UK and is sure to be the next big thing for the home gardener. The compact plants are ideal for patio pots and thrive in…  More Info

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Fatsia 'Camouflage'

…interest and will lighten dry, shady corners or can be used as a feature plant in a container. Combine it with more finely textured plants such as ferns for an effective foliage display. Height and spread: 2m (78). Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a…  More Info

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Polystichium Setiferum Herrenhausen

Polystichum setiferum ?Herrenhausen? will thrive in drier soils where other ferns won?t survive but its robust nature is disguised by delicate, finely-divided foliage which creates lacy rosettes. Unlike most other ferns, it is evergreen, providing a long season of interest and smothering weeds all…  More Info

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Dryopteris 'Jurassic Gold'

An acclaimed new variety, introduced from British breeding in 2018. This hardy, semi-evergreen fern produces bronze-pink new growth in spring, which colours to vibrant golden-green throughout the summer. The architectural fronds arch gently as they grow, creating superb ground cover for woodland…  More Info

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Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'

Forming a low mat of striking bronze fern-like foliage, Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' is ideal for groundcover, edging paths and underplanting shrubs and roses, as well as planting in walls or between paving slabs. Easy to grow in a reliably moist but free-draining position, this versatile…  More Info

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Cyrtomium fortunei

Hardy ferns make some of the best foliage plants for their understated elegance and beauty. The winner of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, Cyrtomium fortunei produces upright 'shuttlecocks' of light green leathery fronds with contrasting black stems. Highly reliable and very easy to grow, this…  More Info

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Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

…colour can be complemented with blue or purple woodland flowers such as Pulmonaria ?Blue Ensign? or for foliage contrast, plant some feathery ferns like ?Fantastic Ursula?s Red? alongside. 'For a really stunning contrast, pair it with a dark purple Heuchera, such as Plum Pudding. ?Lime Marmalade?…  More Info

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Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

…be complemented with blue or purple woodland flowers such as Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ or for foliage contrast, plant some feathery ferns like ‘Fantastic Ursula’s Red’ alongside. For a really stunning contrast, pair it with a dark purple Heuchera, such as Plum Pudding.…  More Info

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Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'

Hardy ferns make some of the best foliage plants for their understated elegance and beauty. The winner of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' is a handsome fern producing tall fronds with intricately branched tips. Highly reliable and very easy to grow, this top-performing…  More Info

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Blechnum spicant

This elegant British native fern is often seen growing on dry stone walls and rocky banks. Blechnum spicant forms neat, evergreen rosettes composed of two different fronds. The outermost part of the rosette bears shining, ladder-like fronds which grow almost parallel to the ground, whilst tall,…  More Info

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Australian Tree Fern

The Australian Tree Fern makes an extraordinary sight! Long, finely cut fronds of up to 1.5m (5?) unfurl from the crown in a truly magnificent display that adds drama to damp, shaded areas of the garden. Native to Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to around -5'C (23'F) and thrives in the…  More Info

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Pteris nipponica

…compact, deciduous fern with slender stems and finger-like fronds, each one adorned with wavy edges and a creamy-white central stripe. Pteris nipponica has a graceful, creeping habit, making it perfect for cascading over a border edge, container or trough. This half hardy fern makes a lovely…  More Info

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Matteuccia orientalis

…‘Oriental Ostrich Fern’. Slightly more compact than its commoner relative, Matteuccia struthiopteris, it makes a better choice for smaller gardens. A gorgeous foliage plant for dappled shade in moist woodland-type borders or surrounding water. This deciduous, hardy fern is deservedly…  More Info

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Dryopteris lepidopoda

Dryopteris lepidopoda is a fern with a surprise! It provides not just greenery, but a gorgeous range of sunset tones to light up shady borders. This hardy fern is semi-evergreen, so it is excellent for all-season weed-supressing ground cover, colour and interest. In spring, the young fronds emerge…  More Info

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Dryopteris kuratae

Dryopteris kuratae is a large, hardy evergreen fern from East Asia that offers lush greenery and foliage texture throughout the year. The coiled croziers are distinguished by their black scales, unfurling into glossy green fronds with serrated edges. Easy to grow and hardy to minus 20C. Height: 60 -…  More Info

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Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum Densum'

This hardy evergreen fern lends both handsome structure and texture to shady borders. Polystichum setiferum ‘Plumosum Densum’ forms compact rosettes of triangular leaves arranged in a spreading, shuttlecock habit. The individual leaflets of each frond are finely divided and densely…  More Info

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Pteris umbrosa

A fern which comes from the jungle - Pteris umbrosa has a distinctive, tropical appearance. Originating in the rainforests of Australia, Pteris umbrosa is an exceptionally elegant species with bright green, ribbon-like fronds held on slim stems, creating a cascade of airy foliage. This half hardy,  More Info

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Polypodium vulgare

This UK native fern is a frequent sight growing on stone walls. A testament to its resilience and adaptability, this hardy, evergreen fern can grow with or without soil. Polypodium vulgare can be tucked into rock crevices, tied onto moss and attached to tree trunks or grown in deep, moist soils in…  More Info

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'

…of Ferns, Athyrium filix-femina ‘Victoriae’ is an exceptional form of Lady Fern. Fresh green fronds rise up in an elegant shuttle-cock form. Each frond carries slender leaflets in a skeletal pattern, with the tip of each individual leaflet adorned with a lacy crest. This deciduous fern  More Info

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Dryopteris filix-mas

…in bright acid green are especially fabulous in spring. Dryopteris filix-mas or ‘Male Fern’ is a vigorous fern, native to the UK. It is particularly useful for being one of the few ferns that are tolerant of dry shade. Low maintenance and easy to grow, once well established it will…  More Info

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Dryopteris atrata

…fronds with black, scaly stems. Dryopteris atrata is perfect for a woodland border or shady patio pot, even coping with full shade. A relatively large fern it forms a robust clump making a handsome structural plant that provides lush, green foliage in dark corners. Semi-evergreen. Height and spread:…  More Info

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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Cristata'

…an interesting, crinkly appearance. This vigorous fern forms strong, upright shuttlecocks of emerging fronds in the spring. Plant it in drifts through woodland-type borders. Its fresh green foliage offers a good textural contrast to other ferns and shade-loving plants. Deciduous to semi-evergreen.…  More Info

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Dryopteris affinis (House Plant)

…will be a bright yellow-green colour when young before turning to a deeper rich green as they mature. Ferns make fantastic houseplants and are perfect for growing in kitchens or bathrooms where the air tends to be more humid. This hardy plant can also be grown outside. Height and Spread: 100cm (39)  More Info

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Arachniodes aristata 'Variegata'

An exceptionally handsome evergreen fern. Arachniodes aristata ‘Variegata’ sports thick, slightly glossy fronds adorned with a lime-green stripe along the midrib. Planted in groups it makes beautiful groundcover for shady spots, associating well with other shade-loving perennials such as…  More Info

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Asparagus 'Guelph Eclipse'

…Eclipse’ performs best in cool areas and so is well suited to the UK climate. High yields from the first years of harvest with spears of medium-large thickness. This vigorous hybrid produces strong ferns that tolerate poor weather conditions. Height: 90cm (35in). Spread: 60cm (24in).  More Info

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Doodia aspera 'Rough Ruby'

We don’t normally associate ferns with colour, but Doodia aspera ‘Rough Ruby’ not only delivers interesting foliage shape and texture but wonderful colour too. In spring, its rough-textured fronds emerge in glowing shades of reddish-pink, making a vibrant background to spring…  More Info

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Athyrium minimum

…rare dwarf lady fern from Far East is a collector’s gem. Athyrium minimum is a deciduous fern with extremely finely divided fronds held on red stems (or rachises). The intricate, lacy fronds droop down gracefully from small, neat clumps. A gorgeous little specimen for a fern collection or…  More Info

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Athyrium filix-femina

Also known as ‘Lady Fern’, Athyrium filix-femina is a UK native, deciduous fern with much more refined looks than the commoner ‘Male Fern’. It has been recognised with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Fresh green crosiers unfurl into lacy, ladder-like foliage held gracefully in…  More Info

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Osmunda regalis

…throughout winter. This deciduous fern provides further interest in autumn when the fronds turn shades of copper. Osmunda regalis makes a statuesque specimen fern for bog gardens and the margins of ponds and streams in acid soils that remain reliably moist. This native fern is becoming increasingly…  More Info

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Dryopteris sieboldii

A dainty evergreen fern with flat, leathery leaves of a blue/green shade that are distinct from the feathery fronds of other Dryopteris. Useful for creeping over rocks and woodland edges and provides an effective textural contrast to other varieties as part of a fern collection. Looks lovely with…  More Info

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Blechnum penna-marina

A beautiful, evergreen, ground-covering fern for moist, acid soils. Blechnum penna-marina slowly forms mats of delicate finger-like fronds that emerge in shades of pink, bronze and red before maturing to fresh green. Lovely paired with the young bronze foliage of Epimedium 'Frohnleiten'. This useful…  More Info

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Athyrium otophorum var. 'Okanum'

A handsome, award-winning deciduous fern. Athyrium otophorum var. Okanum bears pale yellow-green, glowing fronds that contrast beautifully with maroon stalks and midribs. Its light green foliage is ideal for illuminating a moist border in full shade, planted in groups as groundcover, or as single…  More Info

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Asplenium trichomanes

A delicate-looking miniature fern that is surprisingly tough. Asplenium trichomanes is a UK native evergreen fern that forms small nests of dainty green fronds with a ladder-like pattern. It is especially good for tucking into wall crevices, paving cracks and rockeries and thrives in dry shade once…  More Info

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Brunnera 'Jack Of Diamonds'

…of Diamonds’ makes superb ground cover for a shady border, its enormous leaves provide interest throughout the season and are excellent contrasted with feathery ferns and dark-leaved heucheras. Copes well with challenging sites in dry shade. Height: 45cm (18in). Spread: 75cm (30in).  More Info

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Cyathea cooperi

…strong hairy stems, forming a magnificent crown of pale green, feathery foliage. Cyathea cooperi is not hardy and needs to be kept in frost free conditions but this RHS award-winning tree fern is well worth the effort. It is perfect for a container in a sheltered courtyard or patio where it can be…  More Info

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Asparagus 'Guelph Equinox'

…Equinox’ produces heavy yields of high-quality, very uniform spears of medium diameter. The spears are early to emerge and if grown under protection will be even earlier. Spear tips remain tight even in warm weather. Excellent fern vigour and health. Height: 90cm (35in). Spread: 60cm (24in).  More Info

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Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

…pale lilac flowers which appear in July. This is the Hosta for a shady courtyard or border, where it makes a bold statement. It looks good with ferns and provides really effective ground cover in areas where many other plants prefer not to grow. Give it shade and moist conditions and it will reward…  More Info

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Nigella papillosa 'Midnight'

This easy grow annual plant has it all; pretty, fern like foliage, handsome velvety flowers, and eye-catching seed-heads! Grow Nigella papillosa 'Midnight' by sowing direct into beds and borders. Rich blue flowers sit aloft the lacy fine-cut foliage. These are followed by quirky, dark purple seed…  More Info

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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'

Coreopsis ?Moonbeam', commonly known as tickseed, is a large, hardy perennial, ideal for borders and bedding. Perfect for planting into a wildlife garden, Coreopsis attracts butterflies with its fern-like foliage and clusters of lemon yellow flowers throughout the summer. Excellent ground cover and…  More Info

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Astelia 'Red Shadow'

…container as an architectural focal point. Astelia 'Red Shadow' works equally well in partial shade with ferns, or in a sunny Mediterranean scheme with drought tolerant plants. This half hardy perennial will grow outdoors all year in milder parts of the UK but will require protection in colder parts…  More Info

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Astelia 'Silver Shadow'

…plant it into a container as an architectural focal point. It works equally well in partial shade with ferns, or in a sunny Mediterranean scheme with drought tolerant plants. This half hardy perennial will grow outdoors all year in milder parts of the UK but will require protection in colder parts…  More Info

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Acacia dealbata

…yellow, fluffy ball shaped mimosa flowers. Its fragrant, nectar rich blooms are a big attraction for bees and other insects in spring. This half hardy evergreen makes an ideal specimen plant for containers, or sheltered sunny borders. An excellent focal point for a large conservatory. Height if…  More Info

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Lavender 'Oregano' - Kew Collection Seeds

…violet-blue flower bracts. Unlike most Lavender, this variety has a rich oregano fragrance. Although perennial, Lavender multifida ?Oregano? is half hardy and therefore generally grown as an annual. However, they may be overwintered in warm, frost free conditions if required. Height: 50cm (20).…  More Info

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Primula denticulata 'Mixed'

…purple from April to June. These little perennials make a dainty addition to the front of poorly drained, shady spots, associating beautifully with ferns, hostas and other perennials for moist shade. They are well suited to pond edges and bog gardens but are equally happy in most garden soils or…  More Info

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Primula denticulata 'Lilac'

…in containers or at the front of borders, even in full sun so long as the soil is moist. Lilac flowers with a yellow eye are produced in tight, pom-pom-like globes on upright stems from April to June, which blend beautifully with ferns, hostas and other shade plants. Height and spread: 30cm (12in).  More Info

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Primula denticulata 'Red'

…or at the front of borders, even in full sun so long as the soil is moist. Vivid magenta flowers with a yellow eye are produced in tight, pom-pom-like globes on upright stems from April to June, which blend beautifully with ferns, hostas and other shade plants. Height and spread: 30cm (12in).  More Info

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Primula denticulata 'White'

…in containers or at the front of borders, even in full sun so long as the soil is moist. White flowers with a yellow eye are produced in tight, pom-pom-like globes on upright stems from April to June, which blend beautifully with ferns, hostas and other shade plants. Height and spread: 30cm (12in).  More Info

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Tellima grandiflora

…edges, the flowers maturing to pink as they age. It?s an understated plant, but one which provides a lovely light and airy companion to hostas and ferns, creating a delightful woodland ambience. It can also be grown in sunny spots, provided the soil remains reliably moist. Height: 100cm (40) Spread:…  More Info

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Bergenia cordifolia 'Bressingham White'

…bell-shaped flowers, slightly flushed with pink. The rounded foliage makes a good contrast with more finely textured shade-loving perennials such as ferns. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: 45cm (18in). Spread: 60cm (24in). Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather…  More Info

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Ligularia przewalskii

…It’s a spectacular plant for moist, shady areas, pond sides or bog gardens where its foliage alone provides a dramatic partner to hostas and ferns. Its midsummer to autumn flowering is really useful in these shady spots, which tend to be dominated by spring flowering plants and often lack…  More Info

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Filipendula hexapetala

A very dainty native British wildflower producing basal rosettes of deeply toothed, fern-like leaflets. In midsummer, these bear tall, wiry stems topped with coral buds that open to delightfully frothy clusters of creamy-white flowers, barely tinged with pink. Filipendula hexapetala is a wonderfully…  More Info

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Astilbe chinensis var. pumilla

This dwarf Astilbe is one of the best varieties, providing late summer colour in moist sites and even growing happily as a marginal in a pond or stream where its feet remain permanently wet. Astilbe chinensis var. pumilla produces compact clumps of fern-like, deeply cut foliage which make a handsome…  More Info

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Dicentra spectablis

Rose pink heart shaped flowers drip from the gracefully arching stems of this handsome perennial. The beautiful spring flowers of Dicentra spectabilis are held above finely cut, fern-like foliage with an elegance that is hard to match. A stunning addition to spring borders, cottage gardens and…  More Info

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Thalictrum aquilegifolium

…which boasts both beautiful foliage and unusual fluffy flowers. The bluish-green,divided foliage is held in elegant tiers, resembling a Maidenhair fern. In June and July, slender, upright stems burst into dainty, cloud-like puffs of pinkish-mauve flowers. Perfect for a shady border in reliably moist…  More Info

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Gazebo Mixed'

A mid-height, easy to grow annual with well branched plants which come into flower earlier than most varieties. The attractive fern-like foliage is crowned with many large blooms of velvet red, rose-pink and pure white. An ideal border filler, or simply use in a large container or as a bedding…  More Info

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Cosmos sulphureus 'Polidor'

A bright, striking mixture of orange and lemon shades. The semi-double flowers, of medium size, are borne on bushy plants of fresh, fern-like foliage. Earlier to bloom than many other Cosmos. Culinary note: The blooms will add zest to your meal by adding bright splashes of colour, while the young…  More Info

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