Day 115: shuttlecock fern

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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Some ferns lend their lush greenery to the garden all year round, while others will deprive you of their company over winter. This latter group appear with many a languid gesture throughout spring, in the full knowledge that we’re looking upon the unveiling ceremony with wrapt admiration – the shuttlecock, or ostrich fern (Matteucia struthiopteris) being a prime example. Its fronds easily achieve a height of 75cm and often over a metre in the damp conditions which it prefers, where it will spread both by means of spores produced in spring but also by runners. A colony of fresh green shuttlecocks is a spectacle worth seeking out but, while it will mix well with other shade-loving plants, it’s wise to consider the final height of this fern when planning planting combinations, particularly for the summer months. 


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