02 Feb I Love Athyrium filix-femina ‘Dre’s Dagger’
Name: Athyrium filix-femina ‘Dre’s Dagger’ aka Dre’s Dagger fern.
Type of Plant: Perennial fern for part or full shade.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: This fern is perfect for texture in the shade garden. The tips of each frond form little fringes that almost look like the plant has green flowers. It makes a great companion to large-leaf plants such as Hosta and Hydrangeas.
A Word to the Wise: This is a dwarf version of this fern, so place it front and center where you’ll see it well. Like many ferns, it appreciates consistently moist soil; amend soil with organic matter before planting and apply an inch or two of mulch to hold moisture in the soil.