1. Himalayan Maidenhair Fern
Name: Adiantum venustum
Size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 36 inches wide
Conditions: Partial to full shade; average to moist, well-drained soil
Native Range: China and the Himalayas
This little fern’s fine-textured triangular fronds are a superb addition to any shade garden, especially when spilling over edges and rocks. Though it may appear tender, Himalayan maidenhair hails from chilly climes and remains evergreen into the teens. Like native maidenhair fern (A. pedatum, Zones 3–8), this plant thrives in well-drained soils rich in organic matter. It spreads to form a three-foot mat in time and, like others of the fern clan, proves a valuable asset to gardeners contending with deer.
2. ‘Misty Blue’ Baneberry
Name: Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Partial to full shade; average to moist soil
Native Range: Eastern North America
Introduced by the Mount Cuba Center in Delaware,…
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