Adiantum pedatum, Maidenhair Fern, 18-24 inches, very cold hardy, shade tolerant, prefers moist soil

Athyrium filix-femina, Lady Fern, 24-30 inches, large showy fern with lacy foliage, for fairly moist shady location.

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red', Lady in Red Fern, 24-30 inches, lacey foliage with burgundy stems.

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', Japanese Painted Fern, 12-18 inches, very colorful with shades of red, purple and green with a blue-gray background

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum Godzilla', Giant Japanese Painted Fern, 24-36 inches, a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights on dark purple stems.

Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red', Japanese Painted Fern, 12-18 inches, fronds are bright silver with dark violet-red interior

Athyrium filix-femina x niponicum 'Branford Beauty', 12-24 inches, colors of  Japanese Painted Fern and the structure of Lady Fern

Athyrium filix femina x niponicum 'Branford Rambler', 12-18 inches, excellent groundcover, resembles Lady fern but with red in the fronds

Athyrium x 'Ghost', 18-24 inches, silvery white fronds age to green, newly emerging fronds continue to be silver throughout the season.


Dennstaedtia punctilobula, Hayscented Fern, 24-30 inches, yellow-green thin textured fronds, spreads rapidly in light shade

Dryopteris erythrosora, Autumn Fern, 18-24 inches, evergreen, fronds have seasonal color variation.

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance', Brilliance Autumn Fern, 18-24 inches, young growth is an orange-coppery pink 

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Radiance', Radiance Autumn Fern, 18-30 inches, evergreen, dazzling shades of red and rose in early spring

Dryopteris filix-mas, Male Fern, 24-36 inches, fronds are tapered on both ends

Dryopteris goldiana, Goldie's Fern, 36-48 inches, largest of the native wood ferns.

Dryopteris marginalis, Leather Wood Fern, 12-24 inches, dark blue-green fronds, evergreen,.


Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern, 48-60 inches, large, upright, vase shaped fern.


Onoclea sensibilis, Sensitive Fern, 24-36 inches, two leaf forms, fertile and infertile, dies back with the first frost, hence the name sensitive.

Osmunda cinnamomea, Cinnamon Fern, 48-60 inches, very large upright fern, best in wet areas, will tolerate other than ideal conditions.

Osmunda claytonia, Interrupted Fern, 24-36 inches, broad vase shape, fronds are "interrupted" by little spore bearing pinnae that fall off in summer

Osmunda regalis, Royal Fern, 36-48 inches, very graceful fronds form huge clump, great fall color, good for waterside plantings


Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern, 12-18 inches, evergreen, prefers shade but will take some sun if kept moist.

Polystichum polyblephrum, Tassle Fern, 12-18 inches, shiny deep green leaves on fuzzy coppery stems.  We were very impressed with this plant


Thelypteris noveboracensis, New York Fern, 12-24inches, similar to Hayscented Fern but the shape of the frond is tapered at the bottom, likes moist shade