The beauty of ferns which will be seen more in the future
With rising temperatures ferns could become more prominent given adequate moisture. They have a satisfying visual impact and deserve more widespread use.
Amicia zygomeris – yoke-leaved amicia
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum – painted lady fern
A. nipponicum pictum is a striking deciduous fern with a shortly-creeping rhizome and lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds to 30cm, grey, with paler midribs to the pinnae, and a red-purple zone along the centre. Shaded places in lowland all over Japan. E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.
0.1-0.5 m H x 0.1-0.5 m W
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist or wet soil.
Athyrium otophorum ‘Okanum’
Athyrium otophorum ‘Okanum’ – eared lady fern
Briza media – common quaking grass
Citrus sinensis – sweet orange
Spiny evergreen tree, with rounded crown and mid green leaves 7-10cm long. From late spring to summer it bears fragrant white flowers 2cm across singly, in pairs or clusters that are followed by slightly flattened-spherical, red-tinted orange fruit 5-7cm in diameter. Original habitat is obscure, possibly an introgressed hybrid of C. maxima x C. Reticulata. Original range is obscure, possible Asia in southern China and Vietnam
4-9m H x 2.5-4 W
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion), insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.
Eryngium ebracteatum var. poterioides
Eryngium ebracteatum var. poterioides – burnet-flowered sea holly
Hedychium ‘Tara’ – ginger lily ‘Tara’: Zingiberaceae
‘Tara’ is an erect herbaceous perennial with stems to 2m in height, bearing lance-shaped leaves 30-40cm in length. Fragrant orange flowers with prominent darker orange stamens are borne in dense terminal racemes up to 25cm in length from late summer.
1.5-2.5 m H x 0.5-1 m W
Formerly H. coccineum ‘Tara’, Tara was seed collected from Nagarkot Ridge (2280m), Nepal in 1972 by Tony Schilling. Tall stout stems of glaucous blue-green leaves and 20cm spikes of bright orange flowers. Hardy. Ht 1.8m.
Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’
Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’ – switch grass ‘Rehbraun’
Punica granatum – Pomegranate: Punicaceae HL[O]
A rounded shrub with glossy, narrowly oblong leaves, bronze in spring, and funnel-shaped bright scarlet flowers 3-4cm across in summer, sometimes followed by spherical, reddish-brown fruits up to 12cm across. Dry limestone soils to 2700 metres in the Himalayas. S.E. Europe to E. Asia – Himalayas.
1.5-2.5 m H x 1.5-2.5 m W
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.
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