Pat Riehl’s Favourite Gar­den Ferns

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES -

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.

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