Autumn Fern Dryopteris Erythrosora - 3 x 9cm Pot
Dryopteris Erythrosora is a species of fern that is native to Asia, and has triangular-shaped, coppery red fronds which become dark green when mature. Its foliage will create a stunning contrast to other green ferns, grasses, and perennials that grow in the garden, even during the winter months. Its semi-evergreen foliage will also retain its attractive colours throughout mild winters. Ferns are exceedingly valuable plants for shaded places in the garden, where most species would not thrive. Dryopteris Erythrosora has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Foliage Colour: coppery red, green
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 60cm
- Uses: gardens, borders, containers
- Tolerance: frost tolerant
- Growing Habit: clump-forming
- Exposure: sheltered, exposed
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade, shade
- Soil Requirements: chalky, clay, loamy, sandy, alkaline, neutral
- Moisture: moist, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Ferns are hardy, easy-to-grow perennials which require little maintenance. During the hot summer months, regular watering is recommended. Additional fertilization is not necessary if it has been spread with mulch. Young specimens should be divided and replanted in late winter or early spring to establish their roots. Cut back faded stems in early spring.
Ferns are ideal plants for fully or partially shaded places in the garden. It is important to carefully prepare the soil, as most of them prefer moist, fertile and humus-rich soil. Mulched bark spread around the plants will prevent the soil from drying out whilst protecting the roots from excessive heat. This layer will change over time in fresh humus, meaning that using artificial fertilizers is not necessary. If the soil conditions provided are right, they can be grown in half to full sun too.
- Plant spreading: up to 50cm
Ferns have impressed with their simplicity and elegance for a long time. They bring life to dark corners of the garden, where most other plants would fail. In open areas, ferns look best in rock gardens and under trees, perfectly complementing its undergrowth. They can also be planted at the edges of water channels, where delicate leaves will be reflected by flowing water, adding a touch of magic and charm to the area. The foliage of ferns stay evergreen or turn into attractive red or russet hues through the winter months. Ferns are good companion plants of hostas, lilies of the valley, grasses, primroses and anemones.
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.