Best ferns for wildlife garden

Hi all, Any suggestions for the best large ferns for a wildlife garden? Thanks for any help, Justin


  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,177

    Justin...........there are a lot of ferns...........big, small, evergreen, idea of your space and situation would helpimageShuttlecock fern is big but deciduous...give us a clue

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Royal fern is a big un.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,243

    The male fern, Dryopteris felix-mas is very easy and less fussy about moisture than a lot of them.

  • Sorry, would prefer evergreen. Large/talk growing. Fairly Shady area.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,243

    What's the soil like? 

  • It's in medium soil next to a log pile and another one I hope to plant near a pond.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,243

    Dry? damp?, acid?, alkaline?

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,259

    Ooh, sorry, could ask on your thread too please, Justin.  i'd like a small/medium fern for my stumpery that I will be making soon.  soil is clay but prob topsoil where it is going.

  • Not sure if acid or alkaline, haven't tested. Fairly dry. Not overly.
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