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Dryopteris Atrata
(Black Wood Fern)


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January - December
60cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Ground Cover
Fully Hardy
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Dryopteris Atrata, your garden’s easy-breezy buddy. It’s like the zen master of ferns—low-maintenance, adaptable, and always looking elegant. Say hello to stress-free greenery!

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Dryopteris Atrata boasts lush, richly green, finely divided fronds that unfurl gracefully, reaching heights that provide the perfect amount of ground cover for your beds and borders in addition to those shaded corners. These fronds, like the pages of an ancient manuscript, are an abundance of texture in a shade of deep, rich green, creating an exquisite visual display. One of the outstanding features of this fern is its adaptability. It flourishes in a variety of environments, from moist woodlands to dappled shaded gardens. Its versatile nature extends to its hardiness, as it can endure temperature fluctuations with ease, ideal for the UK climate. Caring for the Dryopteris Atrata is a breeze, allowing you all the benefits of a fern and low-maintenance efforts. Furthermore, the Dryopteris Atrata is deer-resistant, ensuring your garden's serenity remains untouched. With its captivating fronds and unwavering fortitude, this fern is a gift from the wild, ready to grace your garden with textural interest perfect for every garden design, year after year.

Planting Conditions

The Dryopteris Atrata, or Black Wood Fern, is a versatile addition to your garden. Plant it in well-drained soil and find a spot that receives partial to full shade, and watch it thrive. This fern can tolerate a range of conditions, from rocky slopes to woodlands, adapting effortlessly. It's resilient in the face of temperature fluctuations and can endure drought, making it a reliable choice. Its low-maintenance nature extends to its hardiness, ensuring your garden remains enchanting with minimal effort. Plus, the Black Wood Fern is deer-resistant, preserving its charm without the worry of unwanted nibbling. Transform your landscape with this natural gem.

Watering & Feeding

The Dryopteris Atrata, or Black Wood Fern, is an undemanding companion in your garden. It thrives with minimal care, needing consistently moist soil but not saturated. Watering when the soil starts to dry is usually sufficient. As for feeding, occasional fertilisation in the growing season can enhance its lushness, but it's not a necessity. This fern's adaptability shines once more, as it's content with the nutrients available in your garden. Its easygoing nature, coupled with low maintenance, ensures that the Dryopteris Atrata remains a delightful and stress-free addition to your outdoor space.

General Care

The Dryopteris Atrata, also known as the Black Wood Fern, is a low-maintenance plant that brings natural beauty to your garden. It thrives in shaded environments, from partial sun to full shade, making it highly adaptable. While it prefers consistently moist soil, it's essential not to over-water; allow the soil to partially dry between watering. This fern doesn't demand frequent feeding and can generally thrive on the nutrients present in your garden. With its robust nature, the Dryopteris Atrata is an excellent choice for those seeking a visually appealing, hassle-free addition to their outdoor space. Just a little care goes a long way in preserving its beauty.