Great small-scale groundcover for rock gardens! Dwarf spreading form with dainty violet flowers that show color for many months. Deep green foliage is lightly marbled chartreuse. Nearly evergreen in most climates. 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year. From Rozanne and Friends™.
Bold and beautiful, Kimberly queen fern (also called sword fern because the fronds are straight and narrow) is easy to grow. The dark green fronds are perfect for adding tropical texture to shaded decks, patios, and other outdoor living areas. It's particularly striking in large containers as a specimen plant, but also plays well with other shade-loving tropicals including gingers, heliconias, and caladiums. Or, pair it with traditional shade-loving annuals such as New Guinea impatiens, golden sweet potato vine, or begonias.
Ghost fern is one of the loveliest -- and most well-mannered -- ferns in the garden. A fancy hybrid of Japanese painted and lady ferns, Ghost ferns show off the best of both parents. It's a slowly spreading plant that develops lovely upright fronds brushed with silver. The plants can grow 24 to 36 inches tall. Ghost fern's amazing coloration makes it a natural combination for plants with silver highlights such as brunnera, silvery heuchera, and lungwort. Ghost fern is also deer-resistant and can tolerate short dry spells. Hardy from zones 4-8.
Create a tropical look with this interesting landscape specimen. Bright-green, broad fronds are finely cut, spreading from a slender trunk. Fastest growing of the tree ferns.
This unusual evergreen fern adds textural contrast to perennial beds and borders. Long, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Develops red berries in fall. An excellent choice for hanging baskets and containers.
Grass-like perennial reaching 12 to 18 inches tall and wide, forming a clump of strap-shaped dark green leaves. Lilac buds and flower spikes appear in late summer, followed by black berries. Excellent groundcover or border plant.
Bronzy-brown evergreen foliage is the perfect contrast for the short spikes of blue-purple flowers that bloom in spring and early summer. Will tolerate sun, but prefers partial shade. Reaches 8 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide.