May 6, 2018
A really popular but old time plant is the Boston fern. And it’s no wonder with the lush and lacey bright green foliage. But did you know there are other types of ferns. Let’s take a look at some. Fern baskets will thrive in our Mississippi landscapes as long as they are kept in partial to full shade. Oddly enough, asparagus fern is not actually a fern, and is really a member of the Lily family. Lush stems of dense, linear needle-like foliage cascade down from this hanging basket. This is a fast growing, easy care basket plant. Sword fern is commonly called Kimberly Queen fern and is gorgeous with both upright and sprawling growth habits. This fern has lush sword-shaped fronds. The leathery and toothed dark green foliage provides great texture. This is a great choice for our hot and humid summers. Living up to its name, Macho fern is a tough, rumble and tumble fern. The long, arching branches feature wide dark green fronds that have a much coarser texture than many other ferns. And finally, the popular Boston fern is perhaps the most common fern for hanging baskets. The graceful and arching branches are lush, with a rich green color. Growing up to three feet by three feet, this plant makes a statement hanging on the porch. These ferns love consistent root zone moisture, a watering can with a long spout is an easy way to water. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening. (whispering as Gary walks away) Plant it, and they will grow.