Here's one of the truly magnificent ferns from the American woodlands. With its very large vase shape, Ostrich Ferns create very dramatic vistas wherever they grow, often reaching 6 feet in height. They do not spread quickly and are very winter hardy, so they are very useful for the home gardener who wants a large, monumental specimen.
All that is needed for this grand plant is a partially or fully shaded spot, rich soil, and ample moisture. Ferns are a wonderful solution for your pesky deer problem – they tend to stay away from ferns and go for other, tastier plants. They are also a great addition to any shady spot in the garden. Their green, frilly plumes add interesting texture and provide a great backdrop for other, more colorful plants. They can also be planted on their own to provide a natural, woodland feel. You can also try planting ferns in a large container, setting them in a shady area on your porch or patio area. They will create an interesting conversation starter and wonderful addition to any container garden you may have. Cut ferns also make an elegant filler for flower arrangements and will add frilly texture to your favorite bouquets.