- Athyrium ‘Red Beauty’ - this is a lovely Japanese painted type of fern with a significant amount of red on the silvery fronds.
|Athyrium 'Red Beauty'|
- Dryopteris felix-mas (Male Fern) - a tough, medium green fern. This one seems a bit more drought-tolerant than others, although it will still get crispy on occasion.
|Dryopteris felix-mas (male fern) with Polygonatum odoratum (Solomon's Seal)|
- Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern) - a very tall fern (4-5 feet), which will spread, perhaps annoyingly, if happy. So far not a problem in my garden! It is still rather small.
|Ostrich ferns with bluebells, galium odoratum, hostas|
- Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern) - small dark green fern with stiff, upright habit.I love this fern - it is evergreen and always looks neat and tidy.
HOSTASFor some reason I used to dislike hostas, and even vowed that my garden would have the distinction of lacking them entirely. But as my garden sensibilities mature, I have come to appreciate their large-textured foliage for shade. There were several unknown, not terribly interesting varieties growing on the property when we bought the house. I'm slowly getting rid of them and adding ones I like much better. Here is what I have added so far:
- Hosta 'Andrew' - smaller hosta, very dark green leaves with feathery white centers. A very unusual and striking hosta.
|Hosta 'Andrew' unfurling in May|
- Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ - very large blue-green hosta with enormous, thick-textured leaves. This hosta makes a great textural statement in the garden, and the color blends with most anything.
|Hosta 'Blue Angel' in late May|
- Hosta 'Brother Stefan'
- Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
- Hosta 'Devil's Advocate'
- Hosta 'Dream Queen'
- Hosta 'Great Expectations'
- Hosta ‘Sleeping Beauty’ - a small/medium hosta, thick corrugated blue leaves with creamy white edges. Leaves are elongated and pointy.
|Hosta 'Sleeping Beauty'|
- Hosta 'Tokudama aureonebulosa'
|NOID hosta #1 - this one has cheery bright yellow leaves in spring, which quickly fade to a dull green|
|NOID hosta #2: mid-green leaves with yellow margins. Perhaps the best of the inherited hostas, this one remains relatively attractive throughout the summer.|
|NOID hosta #3: dark green with wavy white edges, smaller and very narrow leaves|
|NOID hosta #4: dark forest green leaves with vertical ridges, very long and narrow. In addition to slug damage, this ugliest of all hostas also gets brown and yellow spots in summer|
|NOID hosta #5: very large (but thin) leaves emerge bright yellow with green centers, fade over summer|