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Fern Collection

Hardy Ferns

Top-performing evergreen ferns for year-round interest

Very easy to establish and grow

Ideal for woodland gardens and shady borders

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Hardy ferns make some of the best foliage plants for their understated elegance and beauty. Highly reliable and very easy to grow, this selection of some of the top-performing evergreen ferns is perfect for creating year-round interest in shady spots, woodland gardens and damp borders. With a range of heights, shades and textures, they make a beautiful collection planted together, but also associate beautifully with other woodland or shade plants such as hostas, hellebores and heuchera. All of these ferns have won RHS Awards of Garden Merit for their outstanding garden performance.

This Fern Collection contains one 30mm plug plant of each of the following varieties:

  • Blechnum spicant (hard fern or deer fern) – a handsome fern forming a rosette of spreading, feathery, dark green fronds. RHS AGM. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 45cm (18").
  • Asplenium scolopendrium (hart’s tongue fern) – a robust species that will quickly spread to form natural looking colonies, producing glossy, upright, undivided fronds. RHS AGM. Height and spread: 60cm (24").
  • Athyrium niponicum ‘Metallicum’ (painted lady fern) – shimmering bronze and silvery fronds that arch gracefully. As the seasons change, the foliage progresses through tints of silver, purple and red. RHS AGM. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 60cm (24"). 
  • Cyrtomium fortunei –upright ‘shuttlecocks’ of light green fronds with contrasting black stems. RHS AGM. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 60cm (24"). 
  • Dryopteris cristata ‘The King’ – a handsome fern producing tall fronds with intricately branched tips. RHS AGM. Height: 120cm (47"). Spread: 100cm (39").
  • Polystichium tsussimense (Korean rock fern) – glossy, upright, dark green fronds. Ideal for underplanting or planting in drifts in shady spots. RHS AGM. Height and spread: 50cm (20").


6 Jumbo Plug Plants (1 of each variety) (KF0852)

Plant ferns in a sheltered spot. Choose a cool position semi-shade or dappled shade on fertile, moist, acid or neutral, soil. Hardy ferns prefer a soil that is rich in organic matter so add some well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil prior to planting.
Feed and water regularly until plants are fully established. Deadhead faded lupin flowers to encourage a second flush of blooms to be produced. Caution: harmful if eaten.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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