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
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.