Ferns to Know and Grow

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Timber Press, 1984 - Gardening - 229 pages
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Known through several editions simply as "the fern bible," this classic covers identification, propagation, cultivation, and landscape uses of ferns. The heart of the book is a selection of 132 hardy and tender species suitable for gardens in various climates or in the greenhouse.

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Contents

Getting Acquainted with Ferns
1
Ferns Then and Now
5
The Plant and Its Components
9
Easy Steps to Identification
19
The Culture of Hardy Ferns
25
Growing Ferns in the Home Garden
29
Cinnamon Ferns as a background for a birdbath
39
Woodland Plantings That Feature Ferns
41
Athyrium alpestre Alpine Ladyfern
83
Athyrium niponicum Japanese Paintedfern
85
Botrychium dissectum f dissectum Dissected Grapefern
91
Botrychium simplex Simple Grapefern
97
Cheilanthes siloquosa Indians Dream
103
Cystopteris fragilis Fragile Bladderfern
109
boottii Bootts Shieldfern
115
Dryopteris filixmas cv Cristata
121

English Crested Maleferns as a transitional planting
47
Growing Ferns Indoors
49
Exotic ferns for the indoor garden
53
How to Propagate Ferns
57
Methods of propagation
59
Native and Exotic Ferns to Know and Grow
63
Acrostichum danaeifolium Giant Leatherfern
65
Arachniodes aristata East Indian Hollyfern
71
Asplenium pinnatifidum Lobed Spleenwort
77
Gymnocarpium dryopteris Oak Fern
127
Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern
133
Ophlioglossum vulgatum Adderstongue Fern
139
Composite Descriptive Summary
197
Glossary
215
Fern Selector
219
Index
225
Nomenclatural Update by George Yatsksievych
229
Copyright

About the author (1984)

In a feature article about F. Gordon Foster and his role in making ferns more widely appreciated among American gardeners, Horticulture magazine referred to this book as "the volume gardeners everywhere acknowledge as the 'fern bible'. It is full of practical information on culture and propagation distilled from forty years experience with a wide range of ferns."  This book should be in the library of every gardener - outdoor and indoor - shade gardener, rock gardener, and woodland gardener-for no true plant lover can resist the appeal of these fascinating and lovely plants.

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