The Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) just came down from Watertown to the Newtown sales yard looking like they love this wet weather! The vibrant green fronds are clean and fresh next to the Black Mondo Grass. A native fern in Europe and parts of Asia, they are usually found streamside, in bogs or other moist to wet sites. They develop interesting dual-type fronds. The sterile fronds stay shorter and will lay more flat while the fertile fronds will grow upright out of the center getting about 20″ high.
Consider these the next time you need to plant in deep shade. Nice combined with Bleeding Heart (Aquilegia), Columbine (Dicentra), Crimson Fans (Mukdenia) and Lungwort (Pulmonaria).

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