Shaggy Shield Fern Update - September 2023
Last Fall, I divided two Shaggy Shield Ferns into four clumps and transplanted them to the edge of the border with the hopes that they'd take the spot of some (fallen-out-of-favor) Ostrich Ferns that I had in this bed. I planted them in a row and then attempted to water them in all Fall.
Earlier this Spring, I stuck six (6) Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' plugs in the same bed both in-front-of and behind the locations of the Shaggy Shield Ferns. At that time....(Late May), I thought that I had lost ALL of the divided ferns as none of them had thrown up new growth. They all appeared dead. A setback when it comes to dividing ferns.
Fast forward to today. I was puttering around and realized that SOME of those Fall 2022 Shaggy Shield Divided ferns had made it. I had two ferns last Summer, divided to make four small ferns. Today...I'm back up to three Shaggy Shield Ferns. See below for a photo showing the Shaggy Shields that have come back:
There's a lot going on in that photo, so here (below) is an annotated version.
Orange = Shaggy Shield Ferns
Teal = Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Yellow = Tassel Ferns
Purple = That transplanted Green Velvet Boxwood from the front yard
White = a volunteer Northern Catalpa tree
Green = pair of Karl Foerster grasses that I stashed here and likely need to move.