These ancient plants are highly decorative and extremely useful in the garden. They generally prefer shade or half shade. They come in a wealth of shapes and colours; take a look at the Athyrium niponicum Metallicum
, the Asplenium
and the European giant Purple royal fern, the Osmundia regalis
! Tree ferns such as Dicksonia antartica
have become firm favourites in recent years and for the enthusiasts Cyathea
ferna are absolute show stoppers!