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The Fern Nursery
Grimsby Road,
Binbrook, Lincolnshire, LN8 6DH
Tel. 01472 398092

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Please note that ferns are difficult to move from September to April and some will be dormant at this time, making it difficult to judge their health. We will therefore usually delay sending orders placed at this time until spring. Please keep this in mind if ordering in winter. Also plants being living things and stock sometimes selling out unexpectedly, the presence of a plant in the catalogue cannot be a complete guarantee of availability or satisfactory crop growth. We reserve the right to substitute what, in our opinion, represents suitable varieties. The placing of an order with The Fern Nursery constitutes acceptance of these conditions.Help and Advice

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Note: only ferns of the smallest size - generally 1 Litre pots but sometimes less- will be sent out mail order, as bare rooted plants, all come with labels giving size and any special growing conditions. Generally plants will be posted on the Monday following the order to arrive on the Wednesday to Friday, but please allow up to 28 days for delivery. Ferns are offered subject to availability. If ordering more than ten of any one kind it may be advisable to check by telephone first. We can if you wish make up a collection for you to suit your needs, wetland, dry shade, chalk soil, etc.For ready made collections click here.

We also sell our booklet on ferns the HPS 'Ferns' book, plus some other books which you may enjoy. Books click here.

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Please Note. Prices on this page are inclusive of post and packing, (there is no more to add).

Shopping Cart Review, is also at the foot of this page.

Two plants minimum order please, no minimum on books.


List 2018.

For ready made collections click here.

ASPLENIUM

Asplenium scolopendrium. Harts Tongue. Grows to 40cm.+, with simple glossy evergreen fronds, good in most soils lime or acid. (Pictures and More.)

£3-96p

Asplenium scolopendrium . 'Crested form'. With a crest at the end of the frond. (Pictures and More.)

£4.20p

Asplenium trichomanes. Maidenhair spleenwort Small gglossy green leaves and black stems, a british native alpine for rock gardens and containers.

£4-00p (Pictures and More.)

ATHYRIUM

Athyrium filix-femina, Lady Fern, Delicate foliaged British native, easy in shade withstands moist soil. 80cm (Pictures and More.)

£3-96p

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Axminster’ Syn. A.f.f. 'Plumosum Axminster' Fine foliaged form of Lady Fern, very delicate looking but a tough large growing form, perhaps the easiest to grow of all the plumosum forms.(Picture)

£4-50p

Athyrium filix-femina 'Druery'. (Syn. 'Drueriae') Plumosum type with lovely almost frothy feather like fronds.(Picture and More.)

£8-00p

Athyrium filix-femina 'Fieldiae'. 70cm Narrow at the centre of the fronds, leaflets cross over a little like 'Victoriae' strange looking but quite fun form of the Lady Fern. (Pictures and More.)

£4.50p

Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'. Tatting Fern. 40cm+, pinna form small bobbles on sides of stem. (Pictures and More.)

£3-96p

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' (Metalicum), Painted Lady Fern. Cream grey and pink variegated form of Japanese Lady Fern. May be wind/sun tender. 40cm+.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Athyrium X 'Ghost'. Hybrid of A. nipponicum and A. filix-femina, is taller than A. nipponicum and a soft grey colour, easiest of the coloured ferns. 40cm+.(Picture and More)

£4-80p

BLECHNUM

Blechnum penna-marina. Pen of The Sea, or Alpine Water Fern. Small ground cover, lovely evergreen leaves, salmon pink in spring, has extra fertile fronds which rise above the others, easy in shade.(Picture and More)

£3-96p

CYSTOPTERIS

Cystopteris fragilis. Delicate foliaged British native, ideal for the rock garden or other free draining places. 30cm high fine foliage.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

DRYOPTERIS

Dryopteris affinis. Golden Scaled Male Fern. Large tough evergreen fern for woodland gardening. 90cm+. (Picture and More)

£3-96p

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispum Stableriae'Crispy leaved form of Golden Scaled Male Fern.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris affinis 'Revolvens Group' As above but with curly fronds, not very distinct. (Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata Angustata Group’. Narrow and crested form of affinis. Shade and most soils. 70cm+. (Picture and More)

£4-50p

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' Crested form of affinis, Strong large shapely fern for shade.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris affinis 'Robusta'. Large strong growing form of Golden Scaled Male Fern, one of the biggest dry shade ferns. Tough evergreen fern for woodland gardening. 100cm+. (Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris buschiana. A beautiful shapely fern from China.(Picture)

£4.20p

Dryopteris erythrosora. Coloured fronds in spring and early summer, shade and moist soil , can be tender and is not easy. 60cm+ (Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris carthusiana 'Cristata'. Crested form. Spreading fern to 60cm high, good large cresting, quite impressive but needs an acid soil.

£4.20p

Dryopteris clintoniae. Broad lush fronds, rather fine .

£4.20p

Dryopteris erythrosora. Autumn Fern. Red and copper coloured new fronds, can be grown on an acid soil in shade. 70cm.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris dilatata ‘Lepidota Crispa Cristata’ Crispy and crested form.70cm+.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris dilatata. 'Crispa Whiteside'. As above but with slightly crispy fronds.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Dryopteris dilatata. 'Grandiceps'. Form of the easy to grow 'Broad Buckler Fern' with large cresting on fronds.(Picture and More.)

£4.20p

Dryopteris filix -mas The British native "Male Fern", easy large and strong. (Picture and More.)

£3-96p

Dryopteris filix -mas 'Barnesiae' Tall elegant and upright form of the British native "Male Fern", easy and well over a metre high. (Picture and More.)

£4.20p

Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Crested Group. Crested form of Male Fern, easy in most places. (Picture and More.)

£4.20p

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Flucto cristata' Crested and crispy form of Male Fern, fairly dwarf, easy in most places.

£3-96p

Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Grandiceps Group. Crested form with a large cresst on the frond end, easy in most places. (Picture and More.)

£4-50p

Dryopteris filix -mas ‘Linearis Group’ Pinnules narrow and skeletal.(Picture and More.)

£4.20p

Dryopteris goldiana. Giant Wood Fern. Nice woodland fern from America. Wide fleshy leaves, but not all that big in this country.

£4-50p

Dryopteris X remota. A hybrid fern (D. affinis and D. expansa.) from Europe, bipinate, quite elegant easy and lush, 70cm+.

£4.20p

Dryopteris uniformis. Broad leafy fronds slight cresting, seems easy to grow, shade.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

EQUISETUM

Equisetum varigata. Good plant for the water side, like a fine evergreen rush, spreads slowly, 60cm+. (Pictures and More)

£3-96p

Equisetum scirpoides. Smaller than the above but really interesting forms dence clumps. (Pictures and More)

£3-96p

GYMNOCARPIUM

Gymnocarpium dryopteris. Oak Fern. Small ground cover fern, with soft delicate, bright green fronds, to 20cm, needs a lime free soil and shade.

£3-96p

ONYCHIUM

Onychium japonicum. Ground cover with very fine foliage, but quite difficult, for the rockery.

£4-50p

OSMUNDA

Osmunda claytoniae. Interupted Fern. Very fine leafy foliage, sporing bodies in mid frond quite distinctive. Moist soil and shade, Not easy.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Osmunda cinnamomea. Cinnamon Fern. . Large wetland fern from north America with a cinnamon farinosa on the fronds, 150cm.(Picture and More)

£4-40p

Osmunda regalis. Royal Fern. Very big native fern for wet places in shade, has showy sporing bodies on frond tips and large spreading fronds. 150cm plus big and bold, plants are from native wild Lincolnshire spores.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Osmunda regalis. 'Purpurescans'. As above but with purple stems.(Picture and More)

£4-00p

POLYPODIUM

Polypodium vulgar. 25cm, Spreading and easy to grow with simple pinnate fronds, very tough. (Picture and More.)

£3-96

POLYSTICHUM

Polystichum munitum. 70cm+, Evergreen with striking palm like fronds, shade most soils. (Picture and More.)

£4.20p

Polystichum polyblepharum. 60cm+, Evergreen with glossy green fronds, shade most soils. (Picture and More.)

£4-50p

Polystichum setiferum. 70cm+. Evergreen fine cut fronds , easy British native for most places.(Picture and More)

£4.20p

Polystichum setiferum 'Congestum'.70cm+. Small form with crinkly leaves, not very vigourus .(Picture and More.)

£3-96p

PSEUDOPHEGOPTERIS

Pseudophegopteris levingei.70cm+. Lush moisture lover, slightly taller and more elegant than the real Phegopteris, could be tender.

£3-96p

STEGNOGRAMMA

Stegnogramma pozoi. Fleshy fronded spreading fern for a sheltered spot, may like damp. Not much known about this fern, but has come through one winter with me.

£4-00p

WOODWARDIA

Woodwardia fimbriata. 90cm. Giant Chain Fern large fleshy leaves, may be a little tender, perhaps not as hardy as W. unigemmata.(Picture and More)

£4-50p

Ready Made Collections.

Note. the collections will vary, since we will always sellect the best mailable plants we have on the day we send them out, and we can not therefore say what will be in a collection except in general terms.

Garden Fern Collection General. Our selection of 6 ferns which we consider the best for general garden use, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£22-50p

Large Garden Fern Collection General. Our selection of 12 ferns which we consider the best for general garden use, at least eight different types, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£42-50p

Dry shade Fern Collection. Our selection of 6 ferns which we consider the best for garden use especially for dry shade under trees, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£22-50p

Large Dry shade Fern Collection. Our selection of 12 ferns which we consider the best for garden use especially for dry shade under trees, at least eight different types of various sizes and foliage forms.

£42-50p

Wetland Fern Collection. Our selection of 6 ferns which we consider the best for damp poorly drained ground, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£22-50p

Chalk Garden Collection. Our selection of 6 ferns which we consider the best for growing on lime rich chalky soil, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£22-50p

Large Chalk Garden Collection. Our selection of 12 ferns which we consider the best for growing on lime rich chalky soils, at least eight different types, of various sizes and foliage forms.

£42-50p

Greenhouse Collection. Most of the ferns we sell are intended for garden use, but many may be grown very well in a cold greenhouse, this is our selection of 6 ferns that we think will do especially well under glass.

£23-50p

Garden Books

Fern Booklet. A full colour book on growing ferns, published in conjunction with the Hardy Plant Society, ( ISBN 978-0-901687-31-9 ) and in a new enlarged seventy page edition, is now available for purchase. The booklet gives explicit cultural instructions, plus a range of fascinating background information about the history and natural history of these plants, with many coloured photographs throughout. This practical booklet concentrates on medium-sized ferns that are hardy in the British Isles and suited to growing in the garden. There are lots of suggestions for ferns to grow in shade and woodlands, in moist soils, in rock gardens and in containers. Neil Timm explains how and where to plant and establish ferns successfully. Ferns reproduce from spores not seeds and he shows gardeners how they can easily propagate their own ferns from these spores using basic equipment.

"Ferns turned out to be a most surprising read because it was hugely enjoyable and inspirational and not at all the dry academic read I'd half expected." Anna Peacock writing in 'The Hardy Plant'.

£7-50p including postage and packing.

We also now sell the much loved 'Footloose Gardener' books on the life, works and wisdom of a rural gardener.


The Footloose Gardener by Neil Timm. ISBN 987-1-5272-1967-0 A book of garden stories, advice and observations published deep in the Lincolnshire wolds. All gardeners tell stories, and here you will find a collection made for enjoyment which will sit well by any gardeners bedside or armchair. Sometimes looking a little over the garden fence into the life of the villages around and at the wildlife which enters the garden, yet we hope the most earnest gardener will still find much to inform and entertain, and While the articles set out mainly to inspire and be a good read, yet you will still find advice on how to sow, make compost, grow wildflowers, the easy way to take cuttings and much more besides.

£9-00p including postage and packing.

Beyond a Footloose Garden. by Neil Timm.This is the second book of gardener's essays, stories and observations, this time however it looks more over the garden fence out into the wider world, but still mainly at a countryside here and abroad, especially the wildlife, gardens and village histories; all viewed of course from a gardeners perspective. Visit the Alhambra in Spain, an English village in the fog, walk high mountain trails or meet a hedgehog on the hearth rug, bats in the dales and moths in the daytime.

£9-00p including postage and packing.

Help and Advice.

If you need more advice than you find on the site, on planting, growing, identifying, gardening with ferns or other related gardening matters, we are more than happy to try and help. You can simply email us at the above address, or we will accept letters, frond samples and photographs by post, at the address on the home page. (Contact Us.)