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Regional Picks: Plants for Winter’s Worst – Mid-Atlantic

Fine Gardening - Issue 149



‘Brilliance’ autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 22 inches tall and 18 inches wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, rich, well-drained soil

‘Brilliance’ is an improved form of autumn fern. Still semievergreen, with great texture and even more color, ‘Brilliance’ offers bright copper new growth in spring that turns green in summer and russet in fall. This tough fern reliably rebounds from snow cover and stands up to cold winds. Once established, ‘Brilliance’ requires little care, though I do cut back the old fronds in early spring to better enjoy the newly emerging fronds.


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