Add a Tropical Flare to your Garden with These 21 Best Ferns For Containers

Bring the tropical interest to your potted garden with these 21 best ferns you can grow in containers!

Bring the tropical interest to your potted garden with these 21 best ferns you can grow in containers!

Ferns in containers require moist soil, regular watering, and dappled shade. These shade-loving plants can be grown alone or mixed with other plants in various container combinations.

1. Lady Fern

Lady-Fern-in-a-pot

A finely textured ornamental foliage plant that you can grow in containers easily. Place the plant in a partially to fully shaded spot in cooler zones. Keep the soil moist and choose a small to medium sized pot; you can also grow lady fern in hanging baskets. Pair it up with plants that have flowers in warmer colors (yellow, red and orange) and you will have an attractive container arrangement for the shade.

2. Shaggy Shield Fern

Shield-Fern-in-a-pot

Also called the Black Wood Fern, this evergreen fern sports medium-sized clumps of mild green, lacy fronds borne on black stems. With an arching habit and a stiff appearance, the Shield Fern does a good job of offsetting the bright colors of the interiors. It is often used in conjunction with other shade-loving plants such as Hostas. Grow this plant in a partially shaded spot, in an average sized container, using moist, well-drained potting soil.

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