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Dryopteris / Wood Fern

Dryopteris cycadina (syn. Dryopteris atrata) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is semi-evergreen in nature, usually getting through our milder coastal BC winters intact. The Shaggy Shield Fern features erect leathery fronds with the stalks or stipes covered … Continue reading

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A Fern Sampler III

Dryopteris wallichiana – Wallach’s Wood Fern is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with semi-evergreen fronds that can be pruned down in spring. The new fronds emerge a bright lime, with dark purplish-black stem hairs contrasting well at this … Continue reading

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A Fern Sampler II

Polystichum tsus-simense (syn. P. tsussimense) The Korean Rock Fern is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with glossy evergreen fronds that emerge a lime and mature to a deep green. The stems and leaflet midribs are darker in colour, … Continue reading

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A Fern Sampler

Blechnum penna-marina (syn. B. alpinum) – The Alpine Water Fern looks very much like a miniature Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) but with new growth that is an attractive coppery-red maturing to deep green. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner … Continue reading

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Adiantum and Other Ferns

Adiantum pedatum – Eastern Maidenhair Fern is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner featuring delicate-looking pale green fronds held on black stems. It prefers part to full shade with even soil moisture (it does poorly in dry conditions). This … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden III

Leonitis leonurus – Lion’s Ear is a hard to find tender perennial which is native to South Africa. Starting in late summer it produces tiers (somewhat like Phlomis) of tubular sherbert orange flowers that can continue into winter in warmer … Continue reading

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Woodland Perennials III

Tiarella ‘Spanish Cross’ – A semi-evergreen perennial (in mild regions) with deeply lobed dark green leaves that are beautifully marked with inset burgundy-black markings, with the foliage shifting to a deep bronze-purple in winter. Pale pink to near white starry … Continue reading

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