There is a place in every landscape for exotic plants native to faraway places. There are many more places for plants native to the local area, plants that are well adapted to local environmental stresses. Native plants also are more resistant to insects and diseases common in the local area. Of all native plants, native ferns are highly desirable. Fern plants are available in many different varieties, each of which brings its own qualities to the landscape. Native ferns are tough and undemanding as long as they have enough shade and moisture. Tall fern plants provide a feathery backdrop for other types of plants. Medium sized ferns can form a veritable sea of graceful plants that soften the lines of any landscape where shade is abundant.
Ferns are available in a broad range of types and textures. Ferns with a heavy, coarse texture can stand on their own or provide a backdrop for other ferns that have delicate, feathery fronds. Delicate, low growing ferns provide beautiful complement to flowering plants.
Native ferns are wonderfully versatile and provide interest in the perennial garden. Most ferns barely notice the insects and diseases that can plague other types of plants. Once established, they require very little care. Ferns are very nearly care free yet offer high return in terms of their value in the landscape.