ferns

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    Easy-to-Grow Ferns for Northern California

    Ferns are among the most beautiful foliage plants you can grow. With lush, handsome, beautifully textured foliage, and fabulous forms and colors, ferns are useful in the shaded landscape in…

  • Ferns thrive in indirect light, like that from a north-facing window. However, they are sensitive to drafts and shouldn’t be near a cold window in the winter.
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    How to Care for Houseplant Ferns

    Ferns have an interesting reputation as indoor plants. They are prized for their beauty and elegance, but they also have a lingering (and not completely deserved) reputation as tricky plants…

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    The Versatility of Ferns in the Northwest

    In the past three years I have become a firm fan of ferns. The fiddleheads, which emerge in spring, are very subtle and primeval in shape. They draw you back…

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    Return to the Fern Fairway

    GPOD regular Cherry Ong (Cherry's Containers Day 1 and A Clean Slate Transformed) is inviting us back to her garden in Richmond, British Columbia. It is a bit cold here…

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    Midspring in Carla’s Garden

    Carla Z. Mudry is a frequent GPOD contributor of beautiful images from her garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania. If you want to look back on how it looked during winter, you…

  • Episode 81 Disco in-FERN-oh
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    Episode 81: Disco in-FERN-oh

    If that title doesn’t grab you, nothing will! We’re talking all things ferns, including East Coast natives, West Coast natives, selections that are from prehistoric times, and even a climbing…

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    Looking Back at Midspring Blooms

    Today we're in Carla Zambelli's garden, looking back at what was blooming for her this spring. Spring is really beautiful this year! I feel like Mother Nature is rewarding gardeners…

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    Evergreen Ferns for the Northwest

    May in the Pacific Northwest has been quite amazing this year. The weather has been mild and drier than normal, and gardens have put on enormous growth. In late spring…

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    Native Ferns for Moist Shade in the Mid-Atlantic Garden

    I recently spoke with Laura Cruz, a horticulturist at Stoneleigh garden in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Laura is passionate about gardening with native plants and uses natives almost exclusively. With a strong…

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    The Fern Fairway

    Today we’re back in Cherry Ong’s fabulous garden in British Columbia. The side garden developed this year is entirely a shade garden featuring ferns. We had so many names for…