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Advice on moss and ferns

Gina Asked

Can you give me some advice on growing moss and ferns?

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Hi, Gina: Moss and ferns are both part of any woodland garden. Kentucky is home to many native ferns; some are evergreen and others are not. If you are wondering specifically about growing a combination planter with ferns and moss outdoor year-round, you will want to choose hardy, evergreen ferns. Growing perennials in containers some something I do in my garden. It does put them more at risk from winter damage because they are more exposed to the elements so it is important to help insulate with mulch.

 

A combination planter of evergreen ferns with different colors and textures underplanted with moss would be lovely. Christmas Fern (Polystichum achrostichoides), Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rochfordianum’), Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) are all options. I have also had success growing Autumn Ferns (Dryopteris erythrosora) in containers. Some years are more successful than others. Mother Nature has a lot to do with this. I hope this helps.

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