Old Court Diary
This entry: 02 August 2017 by Ross Barbour
Catch up Two
We love Ferns at Old Court and The Picton Garden. As we race onwards through Summer towards Autumn the Polypods start taking over from the Athyriums. Here are few from earlier.
Polystychum setiferum 'Plumoso-multilobum'
Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
This Lady Fern unlike some other Athyrium lasts well into the season. A common woodlander of Japan, Korea and China it seems to like us at The Picton Garden, which is great because it is beautiful.
Athyrium 'Oceans Fury'
A possible hybrid of Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' and Athyrium filix-femina this gorgeous form has crests on frond and pinnae tips.
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
This lovely garden worthy fern emerges in Spring with striking orangy red fronds and can last right into the following year. Native to Japan, China and Taiwan.
Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'
This smart little fern is great for the Rock Garden as it reaches only 22cm (9in) in height. Nice and dark green that will hold well over Winter in a sheltered spot.
We have one growing in the Woodland Crevice at The Picton Garden, but I want more as its just so cute.
Polystychum setiferum 'Congestum'
The Soft Shield Fern
Polystychums are super ferns for the garden and quite diverse. This is a dwarf form we grow on the Woodland Crevice which grows up to 25cm (10in).
Alpine Water Fern
This fern, also growing in the Woodland Crevice, differs from the others as it likes to creep along through the crevices, quickly establishing itself and looking like its been there forever.
It prefers an acid run and is native to Australia and New Zealand.
Aspenium ceterach syn. Ceterach officinarum
The Rusty Back Fern
Common name for the lovely brown scales on the underside of the pinnae. When suffering from drought it will curl up its fronds and play dead untill the next wet spell, when it will unfurl looking refreshed. Just a baby with us but will hopefully grow and spread if we're lucky.
Native to the UK as well as Europe, Asia and North Africa.
The Woodland Crevice