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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● FERN

The Vic­to­ri­ans loved ferns and in re­cent years we have re­dis­cov­ered them, thanks to their year-round in­ter­est, tol­er­ance to shade and per­fect back­drop that they pro­vide to bulbs such as snow­drops in win­ter, or placed next to astilbes be­side a pond or fox­gloves in a wood­land set­ting.

Most ferns like par­tial-to-deep shade and the soil re­quire­ments vary greatly from those that need damp soil to oth­ers which can tol­er­ate dry sites.

Try the ev­er­green As­ple­nium (spleen­wort) if you want one which tol­er­ates dry­ness, or Blech­num spi­cant, a na­tive species, which is easy to grow in moist, acid con­di­tions like a shady shrub bor­der or wood­land.

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