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Fern garden

Question from Jacky White

In forum: Dicksonia antarctica

I have just bought a Dicksonia Antarctica and am planning a fern garden. the bottom of my garden is damp and cool, grass won't grow. I have just been to the cloud forest in Peru and was inspired by the beautiful ferns. What would look good with my tree fern? I have a space of 8' x 12', all shaded.

  • Posted: Sun. 30th October 2011 17:10

Evergreens for jungle/tropical garden

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Karen,
I smiled when I saw this question. One of the main reasons people love 'junglely tropical' gardens is that the plants are big and bold rather than 'not taking up much room' but obviously space is at a real premium in your garden.
There are the usual suspects like tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) Cordylines, Fatsia japonica and Yuccas which can be used for the main accent plant in a scheme.
Smaller plants might included various hardy ferns - I think Polystichum setiferum 'Divislobum' is a beauty, Dryopteris felis-mas (Hardy male fern) Matteuccia struthiopteris (shuttlecock fern) and varieties of asplenium (which are smaller.) From my travels in rain forests in south America and Asia ferns are present in every conceivable shape and size so I'd definitely want a few of them in the garden.
The smaller bamboos in pots might be useful - Sasa veitchii has the right feel to it but needs to be contained otherwise it'll run everywhere. Shibataea kumasasa is also a lovely exotic looking thing which is easier to manage. Instead of bamboo you could try the Miscanthus grasses which aren't evergreen but sometimes it's nice to have some sort of seasonal change in the landscape. Miscanthus saccharaflorus is a brilliant grass that gets up to 12ft tall but doesn't take up too much space laterally (please excuse the spelling here - they may be slightly wrong - I'm trying not to waste time looking them up!)
For ground cover plants with a slightly rain-foresty feel about them (not necessarily evergreen though) you could try Epimediums, saxifraga fortunei, smilacina racemose (grows to 2-3ft but looks fab), tiarellas, Iris foetidissima, ….the list goes on!
Hopefully this will get you thinking..
All best,

David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:02