Plant Guide: Medium-Sized Plants for Shade

These medium-sized plants are perfect for container gardening and prefer slightly shady conditions.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
Harts Tongue Fern for Shady Areas DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Asplenium scolopendrium

A shapely evergreen for shade, hart’s- tongue fern makes a bright green show of leathery, shiny fronds. Good cultivars include Crispum Group, with wavy margins, and Cristatum Group, crested at each frond's tip. Give half-strength liquid fertilizer in summer.
Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness: Fully hardy plants
Soil Preference: Moist soil, well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Partial or dappled shade

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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