Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionA must-have for your fern collection! This new perennial, the first fern from Proven Winners, tops its each of its colorful fronds with a curly little flourish known as a crest. 'Crested Surf' Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum) looks like some kind of magical seaweed - but this plant will be right at home in your shade garden. Sage-green and white leaflets are neatly arranged along a purple stem, a color cue that makes it ideal for pairing with plum-colored heuchera. We've never seen anything quite like it and are so excited to be able to offer it this year.DetailsBotanical name: Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf' Patent #: 33,057 Common name: Crested Japanese painted fern Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Shade (<4 hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 20-22" X 28-30" Foliage color: Sage green, silver, and purple Season of Interest: Summer Uses: Shade gardens, woodland gardens, fern collectionsHow To GrowSoil: Well-drained but rich in organic matter. Light: Part shade to full shade - Best silvery frond color occurs in light shade. Too much sun often results in a bleaching of the attractive frond colors. Water: Tolerates more soil dryness than some other ferns in this genus, but soil must not be allowed to dry out. Spacing: 1.5 - 2 ft apart Fertilizing: None required. Winterizing: Nothing special required. Maintenance & pruning: The previous season's leaves should be trimmed to the ground in early spring. Do this before new growth begins, or the process will be tricky to do well.
These are beautiful and are growing enthusiastically.
Everything I have purchased (which is a lot) from Great Garden Plants has been wonderful, with the exception of one plant which was promptly replaced. The plants are all well packed and have well developed root systems. They get two days of watering in my garage before they are planted and all are thriving.
I was so pleased on the prompt shipping & careful packing. They are beautiful & growing. I will do more business with you. Thank you, Claudia
Brave Little Fern
The neighbor's chickens almost destroyed my new fern, but I nursed it back and am delighted to report that it is thriving! Lots of new shoots; looks fascinating.
Beautiful addition to the garden
So glad I ordered three of these, as I love the extra color variance these ferns bring to the garden. Most of my shade plants are a similar green foliage, but these ferns are the perfect contrast.