Has it finally started to warm up in your neck of the woods?? Here it is May 15th and we can barely crack open a window for fear of getting the house too cold! It’s really slowed us down with our plans to spruce up the outside of the cabin, but truth be told there is still sooooooo much to do on the inside it gives me the perfect excuse to stay indoors and get some much needed things taken care of.
Are you the kind of person who first takes care of the outside of your home, then the inside? While I love a nice landscape, I’ve always been more motivated to take care of the interior of our houses first. Maybe that’s because it is where we spend most of our time. Perhaps if we lived in a warm climate I would feel differently. In the house we lived in for 27 years, we lived there for almost 10 years before addressing the outside, and believe me, it needed it! Once we did we hit the ground running and while I’m a long way from calling myself a gardener, I learned a thing or two about different plants and how to care for them and we ended up with a garden that was featured on the cover of a local magazine!
One of my most viewed posts was about shade tolerant and deer resistant plants which you can view here (and you will also get a peak at our previous home while you’re there). Not unlike our former home, the cabin has plenty of shade due to lots of trees, and while we do have our fair share of hostas, because of the deer I’m going to come up with some low maintenance, deer resistant alternatives. In doing some research I’ve decided on ferns…but not just any fern. Nope. I need something that will tolerate drought, will spread and is deer resistant.
Enter the Hay-Scented Fern
Let me first tell you the ‘pros’ of this particular variety:
- It will tolerate both shade and sun
- It is deer resistant
- It is drought resistant
- Useful as a ground cover
- Low maintenance
- Spreads quickly
- Relatively inexpensive
Now for the ‘cons’:
- It can be invasive
That’s it! Now, I’m not undermining the fact that it can be invasive. That can be a big deal in most gardens. But if you have a large area that you want to cover fairly quickly and don’t plan on placing other plants nearby, this plant may be just the ticket. (If you would like more information about this fern, click on the ‘source’ link under the picture.)
I love colorful gardens as much as anyone, but there’s something about a shade garden that draws me in. Maybe it’s because they often tend to look like Mother Nature intended…wild but cohesive. Does that make sense??
Columbine and sweet woodruff are some of my favorite shade plants. What are some of yours? I like the way columbines provide a slash of delicate color in this landscape, and the sweet delicate flowers of the woodruff are a perfect ground cover.
Don’t limit yourself when it comes to plantings ferns, or anything else for that matter. Containers come in all shapes and sizes and can house just about any kind of plant you can think of.
Yes, even bathtubs can be used as planters…
There are lots of articles on how to work with ferns but this one is very short, simple and straightforward and perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for more inspiration, head on over to my Pinterest ‘Gardens’ board for some serious eye candy!
Pictures Sourced at BHG