Gallery of Ferns
Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels
This slideshow serves as a companion piece to our Ancient Beauty article.
Japanese Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum). Zones 4–9. Shade. This lacy evergreen reaches a height of 24 to 32 inches.
Cabbage Palm Fern (Phlebodium aureum). Zones 8–10. Sun to full shade. A tropical fern, it has creeping rhizomes that make it an eye-catching choice for a hanging pot.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). Zones 10–11. Sun to partial shade. It’s treasured for its long, graphic, graceful fronds.
Rabbit’s Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis). Zones 10–11. Light to full shade. Named for its furry rhizomes, it looks great in an urn or a hanging basket.
Lemon Button Fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia). Zones 8–10. Partial shade. This fern’s fronds are composed of small, round leaflets. It grows to just about a foot.
Victoria Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina ‘Victoriae’?). Zones 4–8. Partial to full shade. This deciduous fern was a favorite during the Victorian era. And it’s deer resistant.
Japanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum). Zones 8–11. Partial to full shade. A tropical fern with glossy, dark, holly-shaped fronds, it makes a fetching, low-maintenance houseplant.
Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus). Zones 10–11. Light shade. This fern, with glassy, bright fronds, loves humidity.
Australian Tree Fern (Cyathea cooperi?) fiddlehead. Zones 8–11. Sun to partial shade. The coiled fiddlehead unfurls as the tree fern matures.