Tree Ferns and Ground Ferns
The hardiest tree fern grown in the UK, Dicksonia Antarctica (the soft tree fern) is by far the best known tree fern to most gardeners. With a thick woolly trunk and long arching fronds, it makes a fantastic specimen plant. Given a little bit of thought and care when planting and establishing, it can happily settle and thrive, especially enjoying the shelter and warmth of city gardens.
Lyndon has many years of experience importing and handling these ferns, and the nursery stocks a good range of plants, from little 1 foot starter ferns to giants of 15 feet and beyond. We can provide and install tree ferns, providing sound guidance based on years of practical experience. With many long term loyal customers who have now caught the tree fern bug, we are passionate about helping more people to successfully grow and enjoy these most fascinating of plants.
Cyatheas, more tender Dicksonias and other trunked ferns
Generally more tender and needing greater care, another genus of tree ferns, the Cyathea include some truly fascinating and majestic tree ferns. From the prehistoric, spiny trunks of the Rough tree fern, Cyathea australis to the mighty fronds of the Black tree fern, Cyathea medullaris, the genus represents an exciting challenge for the true tree fern enthusiast. The nursery generally holds stocks of a range of Cyatheas including australis, cooperi, medullaris, cunninghamii and occasional specimens of one or two other species. We also generally have small specimens of Dicksonia fibrosa and squarrosa as well as a range of small trunked ferns including Todea Barbara and some of the blechnums.
Ferns are an essential part of the shade garden, a source of winter interest and structure, and provide a richness and variety of forms which have fascinated gardeners ever since the fern-fever or ‘Pteridomania’ of the 19th century. Collecting ground ferns was always going to an irresistible accompaniment to the passion for tree ferns, so the nursery has a wide and eclectic stock of both hardy and tender ferns
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