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Botanical / Common Name
Dennsteadtia punctilobula
Hayscented Fern

Natively found in woods and open woods. Hay scented when bruised which gives it the common name. This is the only fern of its genus in midwestern and northeastern United States.  It is deer resistant.  The root system is rhizomatous and fibrous. This fern often forms vegetative colonies. lacy, papery, yellow-green, silver-gray, jointed hairs on both surfaces, tipped with white glands. finely downy; groove very shallow or none

  • Part-shade to full shade
  • Moist soil
  • Height 2 feet x Spread 3 feet
  • Seasons of interest – Spring through Summer
  • Deciduous and Native
  • Zone 5-8
Dryopteris x australis
Dixie Wood Fern

Sturdy, coarse fronds form a bold clump for the shady or woodland garden. Mass as a backdrop for other shade-loving plants. The growth habit is dramatically upright with large, coarse, dark green, semi-evergreen fronds…reminiscent of a giant Christmas fern plugged into an electrical outlet! This is a very structural, deer-resistant fern for the moist woodland garden. Dryopteris x australis will do well in part sun to shade, is hardy.  This is a great option for your shade garden especially at the back of the border where you are looking for height and texture. Semi-evergreen.

  • Height: 4’ or more x Spread: 2′ wide
  • Full to partial shade
  • Zone 5-9
Dryopteris erythrosora
Autumn Fern

This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most popular garden ferns. Its common name 'Brilliance Autumn Fern' refers to the lustrous orange color of the newly emerging fronds that seem to glow against the backdrop of the shiny, dark green, mature fronds. The clusters of spores that are produced in fall are bright red. This fern is particularly nice when grown in woodland or Japanese gardens. In mild areas or with suitable protection, the Autumn Fern is evergreen.

  • Sun to part shade
  • average to moist
  • Height 24 inches Spread 30 inches
  • Evergreen
  • Zone 4-8
Dryopteris marginalis
Leather Wood Fern

A sturdy east coast native, it forms a tidy clump that will not spread and is very tolerant of dry shade conditions once it has established. Wood ferns prefer moist to average, rich, well-drained soils in bright shade or part sun. They tolerate drought very well once established. Needs protection from wind to keep foliage looking nice. Best planted in masses in the shaded or woodland garden, as an accent or mixed with bulbs and other native perennials. It has a nice celery fragrance and easily identified in the garden by its brilliant kiwi green color. Easy to grow.

  • Shade to part sun
  • Good drainage but moist
  • Height 12-18 inches with similar spread
  • Deciduous - Native
  • Zone 4-8
Dryopteris spinulosa
Toothwood Fern

The 'Toothed Wood Fern' is vase-like and symmetrical, nearly evergreen, lacey and delicate. This is a fern that seems suited to almost any part of the garden with its willingness to thrive in areas with some sun to part shade from slightly moist to downright boggy. A large, lacy, woodland fern, that also is well suited for the landscaped shade bed. Their gracefulness makes them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.

  • Height: 2-3' x 18"
  • Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Zone 4-8