Peachtree City, GA(Zone 8a)

I love ferns. I have one that is not doing as well as I thought it would, the autumn fern. Do you have a favorite fern?
1. autumn fern
2. holly fern
3. I don't know fern LOL!

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Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Greetings, fern fan! I'm another.

Athyrium felix femina

Athyrium nipponicum 'pictum'

Athyrium nipponicum 'Ursula's Red'

And a picture from 2014 that I send because you can really see the contrast - Athyrium Branford Beauty and Athyrium Branford Rambler.

And yes, it does ramble (highly recommended). It rises up and spreads.

'Ursula's Red' has always been my favorite.

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Peachtree City, GA(Zone 8a)

Athyrium nipponicum 'Ursula's Red' is a beauty. I must search for that one.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

I'm so glad that you like it I just love Ursula - named after a real human being. There are other burgundy ones but she is, I think, the best. It pops up from time to time on sites like Bluestone and Forest Farm.

Lake Stevens, WA(Zone 8a)

My new fav- Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata' (Variegated East Indian Holly Fern).
I bought three little ones off a sale rack three years ago, they seemed "iffy" for my area, reports in Plantfiles from California, TX and the deep south, but were cheap so I decided to try them again, having killed a full price gallon size plant previously. When they did not return the next year I was a bit sad, but last year in the summer each sprouted a single leaf! Now they are growing for real. I intend to actually water them this year, but they are clearly a dry shade kind of survivor. I may have to move them, as of course I then planted some Bergenia to cover up the hole.

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Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

"I actually intend to water them this year" LOL!

I started growing ferns in hot clay at my former house. Maidenhair fern keeled immediately. Athyrium felix femina would burn out, but recover. But athyrium nipponicum pictum did very well. Then I got Ursula, and wow was she happy. I had two Ursula at my former home and took one with me, and then got a bit of pictum and it did well too. The Branfords I found at Forest Farm.

I have bergenia too. I bought some cordifolia when they were inexpensive, and then grew some winterglut, courtesy of JL Hudson. They are much happier in the semishady conditions of my new home. I just love it when I can easily grow a favorite plant. It allows me to have as many as I want and have room for!

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