20 Best Ferns To Grow in Containers

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#11 Hart’s Tongue Fern

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One of the best evergreen ferns for containers, it bears unique tongue-shaped leaves with pointed ends. Grows well in shaded areas, it’s often seen covering large areas underneath trees and rocks or alongside streams where its upright fronds form a striking contrast with the rounded shapes of damp-loving flowers.

#12 Western Sword Fern

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This maintenance-free native fern is known for its green, sword-shaped fronds, it needs well-drained soil and occasional trimming.

#13 Boston Fern

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It has a close relative with f the sword fern, this elegant, old-fashioned plant is valued for its leathery, kelly-green foliage. With its ruffled leaves and gracefully arching fronds, it’s easy to see why it’s so admired worldwide.

#14 New Zealand Tree Fern (Wheki Fern)

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This is a slow growing plant with lush fronds that spread above a thick trunk like other ferns it prefers a shady environment for optimal growth. It’s not very cold-hardy and requires moderate temperatures to thrive.

#15 Japanese Painted Fern

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This fern stands out from the regular green shades of common ferns with its gorgeous, silvery foliage. It prefers morning sun and light shade throughout the day.

#16 Holly Fern

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It doesn’t tolerate very low temperatures, holly fern does thrive in moderately harsh winters and prefers warm climates.

#17 Maidenhair Fern

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One of the best ferns for containers, it’s known for its unique light green foliage. Grows best in moist, lightly shaded areas with good air circulation. Maidenhair Fern can be grown both outdoors and indoors with some care.

#18 Korean Rock Fern

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A versatile and trouble-free evergreen plant. It also tolerates heat and humidity well, and stays fresh as long you provide it with well-drained soil and regular watering.

#19 Royal Fern

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They develop a pinkish hue in spring. The gorgeous foliage turns into the rusty-brown shade in fall. Low-maintenance and disease-resistance, Royal Fern is a nice asset for shady beds, cottage gardens, and hanging baskets.

#20 Asparagus Fern (Foxtail Fern)

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This fern-like plant has arching plumes of tightly packed, needle-like leaves that look soft and delicate. It can be grown indoors as a houseplant or in containers outside in cooler zones.

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