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Athyrium Metallicum
(Japanese Painted Fern)


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January - December
60cm x 90cm
Partial Shade, Shade
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Fully Hardy

Looking for a shady companion with serious style? Athyrium Metallicum, the ‘Japanese Painted Fern,’ has got your back, adding a touch of pizzazz to your garden’s green scene.

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Athyrium Metallicum, commonly known as the 'Japanese Painted Fern', is a botanical beauty that effortlessly adds elegance and lush green interest to any garden or shaded landscape. This ornamental fern is celebrated for its striking and unique appearance, making it a popular choice among garden enthusiasts. The Athyrium Metallicum features finely cut, silvery-gray fronds with an ethereal metallic sheen that glistens in the dappled shade. Its delicate, lacy foliage creates a breathtaking contrast with other garden plants, and it's particularly captivating when planted alongside bold, dark-hued companions such as Heuchera. This fern is known for its adaptability and ease of care, thriving in the partial to full shade conditions often found in woodland or shaded gardens. Its preference for moist, well-drained soil makes it an excellent choice for areas where other plants may struggle. With proper care and a little attention to its water needs, Athyrium Metallicum will reward you with its timeless beauty year after year. The Japanese Painted Fern is a versatile addition to various garden styles, from formal gardens to naturalistic, woodland-themed landscapes. It can be used as an eye-catching focal point, a graceful border plant, or to add textural interest to shaded areas. Its unique appearance and low-maintenance nature make it an invaluable asset to gardeners of all skill levels. For a garden that exudes textural interest and movement, look no further than Athyrium Metallicum. With its distinctive metallic fronds and graceful demeanor, this fern stands as a testament to the beauty of nature. Plant it in your garden, and let its timeless elegance transform your outdoor space into a shaded sanctuary of enchantment.

Planting Conditions

Athyrium Metallicum, known as the 'Japanese Painted Fern' thrives when planted in specific conditions. It prefers shade or partial shade, avoiding direct sunlight that can damage its delicate fronds. Plant it in well-draining, nutrient-rich soil with good humus content. This fern species does well in cool to moderately warm temperatures, so shield it from extremes of heat or cold. Adequate spacing of about 18-24 inches between plants allows room for growth, and applying organic mulch aids in moisture retention and temperature regulation. Additionally, protect your Athyrium Metallicum from common pests like slugs and snails to ensure its healthy growth and visual appeal in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Watering and feeding Athyrium Metallicum, the 'Japanese Painted Fern', is crucial for its health and vitality. When it comes to watering, maintain consistently moist soil, as this fern thrives in a moist environment. Watering should be regular, especially during dry periods, but avoid water logging the soil. Feeding this fern is relatively simple. Fertilisation is generally not a major concern, as Athyrium Metallicum tends to do well in nutrient-rich soil. However, if growth appears stunted or leaves lose their vibrancy, consider using a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the Spring to provide an extra nutrient boost. Proper watering and occasional fertilisation will help ensure lush, vibrant foliage and a thriving garden addition.

General Care

To care for Athyrium Metallicum, or the 'Japanese Painted Fern' provide a shaded or partially shaded location to shield it from direct sunlight. Plant it in well-draining, humus-rich soil that maintains moisture without water logging. Maintain a temperate environment, avoiding extreme heat or cold. Ensure proper spacing, typically 18-24 inches apart, for unhindered growth. Apply organic mulch for moisture retention and temperature control. Guard against common pests like slugs and snails that can harm the delicate fronds. Occasional pruning of dead or damaged fronds supports fresh growth and aesthetic appeal. By following these guidelines, you can nurture a healthy and beautiful Athyrium Metallicum that will set off your garden or landscape.