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Ferns in the Home Landscape

Got shade? No problem!

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Not all gardens are created equal—some get plenty of sun, while others might be shady throughout the day. Finding interesting plants that like shade may seem difficult. But if you have challenging shady areas in your garden, ferns can come to the rescue!

Ferns come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures. They also offer options for where and how they grow. Some spread easily, while others grow in clumps or prefer to grow on slopes.

In this episode of In the Garden, Mark Weathington of NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum explores one of the best plants for shade. We’ll take a look at three different fern varieties: maidenhair ferns, Japanese painted ferns and Pyrrosia.

And if ferns don’t already sound like a garden superstar, there’s an added bonus! Not only do ferns do well in shade—they’re also deer resistant. Add them to your garden for colorful texture without attracting hungry wildlife.

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