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Anyone have any favorite native ferns that are more tolerant of drier soils?
I've checked my native plant guides and booklets (Chesapeake Region) and the four that I consistently find being suggested for drier sites are:
Hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
Rattlesnake fern (Botrychium virginianum)
Evergreen Wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia/marginalis)
Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
I have more research to do (DG Plant Files and a couple more books) but thought I'd check with fellow native-plant enthusiasts.
There's a slightly elevated area between our water garden and a paved lane that I'd like to do something with and I'm thinking a nice 'fern garden' might be just the thing. . .
I have both the hay-scented fern and evergreen wood fern in my yard and I can attest to the fact that both tolerate dry soil very well. In fact, the evergreen is growing on a high and dry bank down by our creek. I dug both up out of our woods to transplant into the yard.