Pat Riehl’s Favourite Garden Ferns
1. Adiantum venustum is a Himalayan maidenhair ‘ground cover’ fern that thrives in the harshest of winters and Asarum splendens (Chinese Wild Ginger) is a deciduous perennial that flowers in late winter followed by speckled metalliclike foliage in early spring. 2. Adiantum venustum. An evergreen maidenhair fern native to China and the Himalayas. A good spreading ground cover, ‘but not a thug’, says Pat. 3. Beesia deltophylla, an evergreen perennial that thrives in bright shade and develops delicate, white flowers on tall stalks. Added bonus – it self-seeds. 4. A tree stump encrusted with naturally occurring moss. 5. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Ursula’s Red’. The Japanese Painted Fern has arching triangular leaves of silver, flushed with wine red down the middle during the spring months.
6. Asplenium trichomanes. One of Pat’s all-time favourites and a tough evergreen fern. A compact plant forming a rosette of black-stemmed fronds suited to planting in a dry wall, rocky soil or on stumps. 7. Saxifraga fortunei ‘Silver Velvet’ is a deciduous perennial that does best in partial to full shade with pretty pink flowers in autumn. ‘It thrives in moist but well-drained soil and does well in a pot,’ says Pat.