Hardy, herbaceous, fern with light green fronds on striking bright red stems. Best grown in light shade and moister, organic-matter rich soils, perhaps along with hardy cyclamen and other woodland specialists. Will tolerate full sun on moister soils. Fully hardy. H: 60-90cm
Deciduous fern with lacy, finely-divided,light green fronds which form a dense shuttlecock-like clump. Grows wild in cool, moist conditions throughout the northern hemisphere, although it can tolerant quite dry conditions as well. The variety 'Victoriae' is noted for very finely divided leaflets, and was very popular during the Victorian 'fern-craze'. H: up to 1m
Substantial evergreen hardy fern that will do best in moist and cool conditions but which will tolerate relatively dry sites as well. Produces large 'shuttlecocks' of loose fronds from early spring onwards. H: 50-100cm. Fully hardy.
Semi evergreen hardy fern suitable for dry shade. Young leaves are orange to brick red turning light to-mid green during the summer time Dryopteris erythrosora is native to China and Japan and typically grows in light woodland in cool shady conditions. Fully hardy. H:60cm.
Medium size hardy fern, noted for the unusual spreading of the frond tips, forming in time 'fingers'. Best in cool and moist conditions, but in common with other Dryopteris quite dry conditions will be tolerated. H: 75cm
Large, fully hardy fern with stiffly upright fronds that will in time produce the classic 'shuttlecock' shape. Fronds up to 1.2m in length. Prefers partial shade and a moist or heavily mulched soil, where it will start to spread and in time form a substantial colony.
The Sensitive Fern. A coarse fern suited to moist conditions where it will tolerate full sun; shade preferred in drier soils. Fully hardy, but leave old foliage in place to give winter protection. H: about 90cm
Large deciduous fern with fronds up to 2m in length. Fully hardy. Prefers moist soil and dappled shade, and can be grown in shallow water, or in a pot that is standing in a tray of water. Awarded the RHS AGM as an outstanding garden plant.