Polystichum or 'Sword ferns'or 'Sheild Ferns'
A group of evergreen to semi deciduous ferns Polystichum are an attractive group of ferns that grow well in UK conditions. A number of varieties are popular with landscapers with Polystichum setiferum perhaps being the best of them all.
As with many plants cultivars abound and Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum Densum' is ine that stands out. Good upright habit, compact growth and great folaige. Growing well in dry shade, this is a variety that requires a little extra water when grown in full sun. These ferns are an attractive addition to the shade garden.
Growing to nearly 1m and with a good glossy foliage varieties include :
- Polystichum munitum.
- Polystichum setiferum.
- The lower growing Polystichum aculeatum are all great additions to the border.
- Polystichum polyblepharum is the Japanese tassle fern,
- Polystichum tsus-simense 'Holly Fern or 'Korean Rock Fern is another species worth considering
Polystichum or 'Sword ferns' are available for sale from the following nurseries
Wern Rhos Newchapel Boncath SA37 0EN - Tel/Fax 01239 842260
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