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Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum
Athyrium niponicum

Athyrium

Lady Fern

Our highly ornamental offerings fashion distinctive fronds sprouting from a deciduous clump that relishes shady damp recesses. Old leaves can be left standing throughout the winter and cut back in the spring, just after the new ones burst forth.

<i>Athyrium niponicum</i> var. <i>pictum</i>

In stunning painterly strokes, olive-greens, blues and metallic silvers are splashed across the elegant tapered fronds. garnet-colored midribs etch a fervid counterpoint. Renown for its unwavering hardiness, the ever popular japanese painted fern slowly spreads to form a low growing, textural clump that gracefully weeps, softening the edges along paths, containers or the rockery and electrifying the shadows with Carex ‘Island Brocade’, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis.

Tolerant of some drought once established, this refined deciduous fern fancies shade, moisture and well draining, humus-rich soil.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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Click here to view our Early January 2019 Newsletter!

Stellar blue flowers that deer forego, water-thrifty and other deer-proof plants!

These deer-proof perennials...

offer a variety of blue flowers that lend eye-catching intrigue to the landscape or a bouquet. 

More deer-proof plants plus favored water-shy selections...

Many of our customers frequently ask us to suggest plants that are undaunted by either deer or dry conditions. In this newsletter, we’ve featured a diverse group of plants, including not only perennials, but a handful of grasses and shrubs as well. Many selections boast steadfast temperaments, while others offer blooms that are long-lasting, late-blooming, pollinator-friendly or tailor-made for arrangements. And all are brimming with good looks, which goes without saying!

Please note: A plant’s deer-tolerance depends on the locale, the particular herd, the time of year, plus the recent weather conditions, especially rainfall. The ability of a plant to endure dry conditions varies with sun exposure, humidity and soil type.

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