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Ferns are extremely forgiving and have an incredibly strong survival instinct. Ferns will grow where other plants fail to thrive and most do well in rich, well-drained soil with an abundance of organic matter.
Western Sword Fern- Sword ferns perform best in moist shady conditions. However, as long as there is good drainage, the sword fern can easily adapt to a number of soil conditions. They can even thrive in the sun when given plenty of water.
Deer Fern- This evergreen fern grows in deep shade regions, reaching the size of up to 2’ feet tall and wide. these ferns are cold-tolerant and easily thrive in chilly winter temperatures.
Autumn Fern- is a semi-evergreen fern and has arching fronds. Foliage turns a coppery pink color in the spring, green in the summer and copper in the fall. This fern is known for the year-round interest it adds to any shady garden and prefers very wet soil.