Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) is one of Ontario’s most adaptable ferns, and will help create a beautiful tropical-looking ground cover for your shady garden areas. It will also spread slower than some other ferns and will not overtake your garden. It has beautiful upright leaves clumped in groups that form a compact look.
Although Lady Fern will tolerate heavy shade, occasional drought and some sunlight (if kept moist), it prefers partial shade and consistent moisture. Plant in moist soil rich in organic matter and away from strong winds. Ensure enough watering is provided during hot summer months. Lady Ferns serve as a great shelter for birds and small animals and are rabbit resistant.