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Dryopteris ‘Erythrosora’
(Autumn Fern)


Item release date 20 June 2024.
£20.00 £16.00
£12.00 £9.60
January - December
100cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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Dryopteris ‘Erythrosora,’ also known as the autumn fern, is a favourite on our nursery for its striking copper-red fronds that mature to glossy green. This hardy, semi-evergreen fern is a reliable garden performer and thrives in shaded borders and woodland gardens. It’s low-maintenance and provides tall year-round interest. Our horticultural team loves pairing it with Hostas and Astilbes to create a lush, textured garden display that brightens shady spots.

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Dryopteris 'Erythrosora', the fern that knows how to have a good time in your garden. With its vivid fronds and lively spirit, it's the life of the party, setting the stage for a garden full of character. This fern's fronds are a burst of vibrant green, unfurling with the enthusiasm of a dancer at a carnival. Growing to impactful heights, it adds a touch of lively elegance to any outdoor space. Its name "Erythrosora" hints at its dynamic nature, as it means "red sori" in Greek, referring to the striking coppery colouration that strokes the undersides of its fronds in early growth. Dryopteris Erythrosora is a crowd-pleaser, effortlessly adapting to a variety of garden settings, from woodlands to shaded corners, beds and borders or used as striking under-planting. It's a fern that doesn't shy away from a bit of fun, and it stands strong in the face of changing weather conditions. This fern is as easy to care for as it is spirited. Provide well-drained, humus-rich soil, and watch it thrive without needing much extra attention. It's your ideal companion if you're looking to add a pop of colour and lively texture to your garden design. With Dryopteris 'Erythrosora', your garden becomes the life of the party, bursting with vivacity and character. It's a plant that dances through the seasons, and its exuberance is sure to bring joy and cheer to your outdoor sanctuary. Get ready for a garden fiesta!  

Planting Conditions

The Dryopteris Erythrosora, or Autumn 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 Autumn Fern is deer-resistant, preserving its charm without the worry of unwanted nibbling. Transform your landscape with this natural gem.

Watering & Feeding

The Dryopteris Erythrosora, or Autumn 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 Erythrosora remains a delightful and stress-free addition to your outdoor space.

General Care

The Dryopteris Erythrosora, also known as the Autumn 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 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.