Friday, June 26, 2009

Fen-tastic plants for your landscape

If you have ever wanted an easy care landscape that attracts native birds, butterflies and bugs- today's blog is for you! Visiting natural areas and preserves is one of my passions, and translating native plants in to usable landscape combines both my interests in gardening and native plants.

Featured in the Richland County Enviro-garden, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentillia fruiticosa, is a plant found in fens like Cedar Bog, and one of the few natives the plant nurseries have picked up on. It thrives in the most hostile environment- like homes with 3 or more teenagers- or wet or dry conditions. This is one of the most adaptable plants I know. No wonder it is found in every McDonald's landscape in America, but don't hold that against this beautiful, showy shrub.

Brian Gara, renown "fern"ster and fellow Ohio heritage botany buff stands thigh deep amid a regal display of Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis at Eagle Creek. Brian said he once planted a fern display garden for his parents home, but years and lack of water have taken their toll, and the last survivor is the Royal Fern. This striking species has recently been seen for sale in a very upscale nurseries. Little will folks realise they are buying a native plant with all the best qualities a homeowner could ask for: beauty and tolerance. Sun or shade, flood or drought, the Royal Fern delivers unconditionally.


  1. We have shrubby cinquefoil too, it's great! It grows all summer long. I love the "fern-ster" reference! :o)

  2. Well if I had a yard and the right climate..u would have convinced me to plant both..but..alas..I have a moving home..
    Nice post.
    and I bet Brian likes that you called him Brain tee hee!

  3. That sea of royal fern is just beautiful.

  4. I germinated some royal fern spores three years ago (you have to sow them fresh - they don't survive for long) and last week planted them out amongst some hostas in a shady corner of the garden. Hope they eventually look as impressive of those in your pictures. We also have shrubby cinquefoil growing here in North East England - see
    P.S. Fascinating blog