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4. Lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina)For finely textured foliage in the shady to sunny garden or a naturally designed wooded corner in a garden, consider growing lady fern plants. Lady ferns are reliable, and easy to grow in a moist, partially shaded location.Ideal climate types: TropicalBest for: Excellent choice for shrub borders, along a waterbody or pond, or as a filler or volume plant.
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Botanical name: Athyrium filix-femina Common name: Lady fern Origin: Found throughout the United States, northern Europe and Asia Where will it grow: Hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 4 to 8; find your zone) Water requirement: Consistently moist soil is best for optimal growth Light requirement: Partial to full shade Mature size: Up to 3 feet tall and 2½ feet wide Benefits and tolerances: Deer and rabbit resistant; affected by few insects and diseases; grows well in heavy shade and wet soils where plant choices are limited Seasonal interest: This deciduous fern sports fine lace-like fronds that emerge bright green in mid-spring; the lady fern is a strong performer until frost When to plant: Spring or fall is best