The immense number of species in the fern family means that there is a fern for every soil and situation in the garden. From majestic, eye-catching palms, such as the gigantic royal fern (osmunda regalis), to soft feathery ferns and pretty climbers such as Asplenium ferns, these easy-to-grow perennials thrive in semi-shade and make excellent companion plants, bringing a touch of green and gold to any garden. Concise and illustrated, this handbook features detailed information on all aspects of fern care, providing a valuable reference for both amateur gardeners and experienced growers. A straightforward approach to essential techniques, together with advice on tackling pests and other problems and a directory of recommended varieties, should ensure successful results. The "RHS Wisley Handbooks" series is written by the country's leading authorities in the subject.
Oft regarded as dull and Victorian, ferns could not have had a worse press. But if you have a shady corner which you can't fill, you can be sure there is a fern suitable to add presence and stateliness throughout the year. From their tightly packed fronds curled through winter in readiness for the warmer weather of spring to the gentle unfurling to reveal their summer beauty. And no, they don't all look the same. They have a diversity as wide-ranging as any genus, from the diminutive Blechnum penna-marina to the towering matteuccia struthiopteris; the delicate ash green and pink of Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, the glossy lime green of the Aspleniums; fragile Cheilanthes to the sturdy Dicksonias. Covering cultivation, which plant to choose for what situation, propagation, pests and diseases, this is part of the RHS Wisley handbook series, providing a comprehensive and concise look at ferns, fully illustrated and clearly written. Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this is an invaluable addition to any serious horticulturalist's bookshelf. - Lucy Watson
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