Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring,summer and autumn
Hardiness – Hardy
Dryopteris are deciduous, semi evergreen or evergreen ferns with petite yet majestic shuttlecock-like rosettes of pinnately distributed fronds, forking at the ends like a lizard’s tongue. These plants are highly textured and create a fantastic structure amongst other plants and shrubs in flower beds and borders within courtyard and cottage gardens. They are easy to grow and are perfect to brighten up a shady garden. You will expect to find that Dryopteris grow to an approximate height of 1.5m (60”) and a spread of 100cm (40”).
Dryopteris should be planted within moist, well-drained soil of sand, clay, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. These plants prefer lightly shaded areas, although will thrive in full sun if given plenty of moisture. Dryopteris may be tolerant of part shade but they must be watered regularly during their first year of growth. At the time of planting, ensure you incorporate plenty of well rotted leaf mould or garden compost to promote sustained health and growth.
Dryopteris are a low maintenance plant if positioned in the appropriate area. They are moisture attentive plants and should be watered on a regular basis, especially during periods of dry weather. A layer of mulch is recommended in the autumn which will help to conserve moisture levels. It is recommended to cut back any decayed fronds during the winter to encourage new growth.
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