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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DescriptionDryopteris erythrosora earned its common name, 'Brilliance' autumn fern, from its festive copper-red colored fall leaves. However, fall isn't the only season this fern has colorful leaves! New growth in the early spring develops as golden-orange, turning bright green as it matures. Bold, red spores decorate the underside of copper fronds in the fall.
This fern is renowned not just for its color, but also for its reliability and adaptability. Plant in the problematic, shady corners of your garden and watch it thrive. It is low maintenance and only requires trimming of old, faded fronds. Plus, it's deer and rabbit resistant!DetailsBotanical name:Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' Common name: Autumn fern Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 18-24" X 18" Foliage color: Golden, orange, green, copper Season of interest: Spring, summer, fall Features: Rain garden, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, best sellers Uses: Accents, border, container, ground cover, massing, small spaces, specimen, underplanting, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, medium to wet soils. Prefers consistently moist, humus soils that are rich in organic matter. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Water: Soil should not dry out. Spacing: 1-2 feet Fertilizing: Apply fertilizer during the growing season if needed, though it generally is not required. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Site in locations sheltered from strong winds to protect the fronds. Other than removing old growth in spring, no pruning is needed.
First. GGP packaging is most amazing! Plants arrive looking fresh and healthy. The Autumn Brilliance fern quickly began to throw new fronds. It's a lovely healthy plant! GGP also has amazing folks handling customer service, which is often the key to a successful business. Great team. Great plants. And the packaging is out of this world!
This is the second time I ordered th autumn fern. They are great for winter color.
It has settled in nicely although our unusually hot weather appears to have made it dormant. I did get one new pretty frond so hopefully it will start up again once the weather cools.
V.C. (New York)
Brilliance autumn fern
Took well under my Japanese maple.
M. (New York)
Did not disappoint
Well-developed plants in good condition continuing to grow and produce beautiful orange/bronze fronds. Couldn't be more pleased.