Gardening · Pictures

Plants for Damp – A Fernery Picture Special

This fernery picture was taken at the RHS Wisley gardens, and I love it. I’ve been trying to create my own fernery in my garden at the moment, but it’s still in the early days.

Fernery garden, RHS Wisley

The rocks, moss and natural (yet wierdly prehistoric) feel to this part of the fernery is something that I love.

What do you think? I’ve got a North facing garden at the moment, and there’s one patch near the house that gets about an hour of sun per day. So I’ve decided that having a fernery area is the best way forward.

The rest of the garden is a combination of heavy clay soil, with can sometimes be a challenge.

It’s still early days, but once the ferns start growing then you won’t see as much of the mulch.


Ferns are brilliant for shade, and can be combined with other plants including hostas or Bleeding Hearts, bringing a variety of foliage and texture to what could otherwise be a muddy, shaded, boring patch of garden.

Fernery Collage
Left: Chose evergreen Ferns for all year colour, Middle: The delicate white or pink Bleeding Hearts brighten up a darker space, Right: The large leaves of Hostas add instant impact

What about your garden? If you have a dark, damp and shady spot in your garden, then I would love for you to share your own experience, including what plants you have that grow well too.

If you need a bit more inspiration, then take a look at some of the other Picture Posts that I’ve pulled together to give you a few more ideas.

Please do tell me about it in the comments below, and share on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook so that everyone can see that even in the darkest of places, you can still enjoy everything nature has to offer.


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