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Ferns to cover a lot of ground quickly?


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Ferns to cover a lot of ground quickly? Reply with quote

hi, i live next a wood and have a sloped bank between the gable end of my house and the wood.the bank is south facing but it is in shade all year round (shadow is cast from house) the bank will get a lick of sun in the morning and the evening, but only in the summer. my kitchen window looks out at a lovely old wood where all 4 seasons are so visible .but nothing but the odd weed grows on this bank.i love ferns,but am looking for something that will cover a lot of ground quickly and be easy keep.any advice on how to cover this bare piece appreciated .

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi foxxx
i would think pachysandra and vinca perriwinkle would do well in those conditions. they would be ground cover. also euonymus and i am sure there are many more.
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can interplant the quick growing pachysandra along with the fern, and yes although its slow growing, it will clump up, and add more interest (and a perfect surrounding plant by a woodland)

Wild garlic is also quick growing, and you can also add some daffodils /bluebells for extra interest.

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the native male fern (Dryopteris something or other) together with native ivy. Perfect! Both are evergreen.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advice.
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