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The Magic of Ferns: Garden Elegance and Enchantment

The Magic of Ferns: Garden Elegance and Enchantment

For those seeking to add a touch of timeless elegance and captivating charm to their gardens, ferns beckon with their captivating presence. Often relegated to shady corners, ferns deserve a starring role in your outdoor haven. They boast a mesmerizing array of textures, shapes, and colours, transforming your garden into a verdant haven teeming with life.

The Allure of Ferns:

Unlike flowering plants, ferns reproduce through spores rather than seeds, adding a touch of prehistoric wonder to your garden. Their delicate fronds unfurl in a mesmerizing array of shapes and sizes, ranging from the lacy elegance of the Japanese Lace Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) to the bold, architectural form of the Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant).

A Symphony of Texture

Ferns offer a delightful contrast to the smooth leaves of flowering plants. The Soft Shield Fern (Polystichum setiferum), true to its name, boasts delightfully soft, feathery fronds, while the Korean Rock Fern (Polystichum tsussimense) adds a touch of drama with its glossy, deep green, leathery texture.

A Spectrum of Colours

While some might associate ferns solely with green, the reality is far more vibrant. The Copper Shield Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) brings a touch of warmth with its coppery-red new growth that matures to a stunning bronze. For a touch of sunshine, consider the Golden Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis) with its bright, lime-green fronds that steal the show in shaded areas. Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa', the Curled Male Fern, adds a playful touch with its distinctively ruffled fronds.

Polystichum setiferum available at Boma Garden Centre image by net_efekt


Benefits Beyond Beauty

Ferns aren't just visually captivating; they offer a plethora of benefits that enhance your garden ecosystem.

  • Low-Maintenance Marvels: Unlike flowering plants that demand constant attention, ferns are remarkably easy to care for. They thrive in shady or dappled sunlight, making them perfect for areas where flowering plants struggle.
  • Moisture Masters: Ferns adore moisture and help regulate humidity levels in your garden, creating a cool, refreshing microclimate. This is particularly beneficial during hot, dry summers.
  • Wildlife Magnets: Ferns provide a haven for beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, which naturally control garden pests. They also create a sheltered habitat for frogs and other small creatures, fostering a healthy biodiversity.
  • Erosion Control: Ferns, with their extensive root systems, help prevent soil erosion on slopes and banks.


Blechnum spicant (1.5L) - Hard Fern - image 1

Creating a Fern Oasis in Your UK Garden

The versatility of ferns allows them to be incorporated seamlessly into various garden designs. Here's how to create a captivating fern haven in your UK garden:

Finding the Perfect Spot: Most ferns prefer dappled sunlight or shady areas. However, some, like the Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium), tolerate sunnier spots with moist soil.

Soil Preparation: Ferns thrive in well-drained but consistently moist soil. Amending your soil with organic matter like compost or leaf mould will help retain moisture and provide essential nutrients.

Planting and Care: Ferns are generally shallow-rooted, so planting them at the appropriate depth is crucial. Keep them well-watered, especially during dry spells. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Mixing and Matching: Ferns can be planted in dedicated fern gardens or integrated with other shade-loving plants. Hostas, with their vibrant foliage, create a stunning contrast with ferns. Consider adding textural interest with ornamental grasses or introducing pops of colour with shade-loving flowers like impatiens or begonias.

Boma Garden Centre - Your Fern Specialists

Boma Garden Centre boasts a diverse selection of ferns, including those mentioned above:

  • Japanese Lace Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum): Delicate, lacy fronds, perfect for shady borders.
  • Copper Shield Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora): Stunning bronze-red new growth, ideal for adding warmth to shady areas.
  • Korean Rock Fern (Polystichum tsussimense): Glossy, deep green fronds, ideal for containers or rockeries.
  • Golden Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis): Bright, lime-green fronds, a showstopper in shaded beds.
  • Curled Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa'): Playful, ruffled fronds add whimsy to shady corners.
  • Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant): Upright, architectural form brings structure to borders.
  • Soft Shield Fern (Polystichum setiferum): Feathery, soft fronds add a touch of luxury to shady areas. This evergreen fern provides year-round interest.
  • Dryopteris Erythrosora: This stunning fern boasts stunning coppery-orange new growth that matures to a beautiful bronze.
  • Cyrtomium Fortunei: This architectural fern adds a bold, upright form to shady borders..


Check out Boma's Fern Starter Collections to instantly add Ferns to your outdoor space. 

5 Ferns in terracotta Pots & Saucers Collection - Boma Bundles - image 1

Our knowledgeable staff at Boma Garden Centre are passionate about ferns and can provide expert advice on selecting the perfect ferns for your specific garden conditions and desired aesthetic. We can help you create a breathtaking fern haven that will bring a touch of timeless elegance and captivating charm to your outdoor space.

Embrace the Magic of Ferns

Ferns are a gift from the ancient world, offering a timeless beauty that transcends trends. They bring a touch of tranquility and a connection to nature's prehistoric past. With their low-maintenance nature and ecological benefits, ferns are a perfect addition to any UK garden. So, delve into the world of ferns, explore the diverse varieties available, and unlock a world of enchanting possibilities for your garden.

Visit Boma Garden Centre today and let our experts guide you on your fern-tastic journey!

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