Coniogramme japonica 'Flavo-maculata' - an exciting new fern
A little while back we sourced some plugs of this rather decorative new fern - Coniogramme japonica 'Flavo-maculata' - a variegated form of the Japanese 'Bamboo Fern'. I suspect the reference to bamboo comes from the similarity of the leaves to Sasa palmata - a low growing Japanese bamboo well know for its vigour!
These plants have a fair way to go before they can compete with Sasa in either size or growth rate however with their showy leaf markings I think they are well worth giving a try. While the literature suggests they should be 'London' hardy - I have found that slugs like chewing on them so a little bit of over-winter care and protection would seem to be a good idea.