Autumn Ferns Planted - May 2021
The fourth piece of this little newly planted bed section on the southside of the property are a trio of Autumn Ferns. First, I transplanted 15 green hostas. Then, I planted a dwarf Japanese Maple Tamukeyama tree and just yesterday, I posted photos of three Dolce Apple Twist Heucheras. All in the same section. Dryopteris erythosora is the cultivar of these Autumn Ferns that I planted from 1# nursery containers that you can see below. I bought these at Home Depot and thought they'd be a nice fern diversity away from Ostrich Ferns.
Dryopteris erythrosora , commonly called Japanese shield fern or autumn fern, is an arching, evergreen (semi-evergreen in cold winter climates) fern that grows in a vase-shaped clump to 2' tall and as wide. It is native to woodland hillsides and mountain slopes in Japan, China and Taiwan. New fronds unfurl in striking shades of orange-red to copper-pink before eventually maturing to glossy deep green by summer. Triangular, bi-pinnate fronds grow to as much as 2' long. Young sori are covered by bright red indusia.
My Ostrich Ferns spread out via rhizomes and when you plant one, in a few years, you'll have a couple of them in adjacent spots. These Autumn Ferns spread the same way, so hopefully we'll see these things spread out a little bit over time.