Anisocampium sheareri – The fronds of this fern are of two types: broader, bottle-green infertile ones that grow quite low down and narrower long-stemmed fertile ones that stand erect above them. A red-wine colour appears in the stipe and suffuses parts of the frond blade. Winter-hardy in a sheltered site.


A mix of 75% peat and 25% perlite works well but straight peat, coco-peat or a combination of both is possible. This is necessary because fern roots need plenty of air in the substrate to create a good root system. Excess water must also be able to drain away easily. The initial EC of the mix:0.5- 0.8 (for example a standard pre-mix) PH : 5.0-6.0. Only water the plant if it’s really dry. Rainwater is preferred.

A strong, low-maintainance fern which characteristics become more pronounced during the years.

Great selection for a shady area of the landscape in need of a small but easy-to-grow fern. Rock gardens, woodland gardens, shaded border fronts or shade gardens. Also suitable in shaded areas along streams or ponds. Lady ferns have reliable color and are easy to grow. Best growth will occur in partial shade and a rich, moist soil. Relatively tolerant of sun and dry soil as compared to many other ferns. A very low maintenance plant that adds a lot of aesthetic value to the landscape.

Just a lady with a glass of merlot in your garden!

Plant the Merlot fern as a solitary plant in combination with some groundcover fern or an Acer palmatum or Rhododendron. The last ones will create a little bit shade what anisocampium likes. If the plant dies back in winter the dead leaves can be removed or left on the ground to serve as a protection for winter. Instead of the leaves a layer of bark can also protect the fern. The plant can come back a little later in spring if winter was quite tough, but every year the colour is a little bit more pronounced and the clumb will become stronger and tougher.

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Richard Hayward

The plant hunter

Richard Hayward, a famous British fern collector, has enjoyed ferns ever since he encountered them as a boy scout in South Wales and took them to London as souvenirs. After his retirement he owned a small fern farm in North Wales. He still exchanges spores and plants of rare species with other fern enthusiasts.

"I love ferns because of their diversity in shape, foliage, colour and beauty and their enormous urge to survive."



Polystichum yunnanense – This fern grows wonderfully without significant attention, even under dry conditions for a while. This rare fern asks to be discovered by more


Athyrium otophorum ‘Okanum’ – This lovely deer-resistant evergreen fern is so unique that it is actually recognizable from a distance. Anyone that observes Wine and Lime


Dryopteris sieboldii – This is a most unusual fern with magnificent and oddly shaped fronds that mark it out as quite distinct from any other Dryopteris.


Dryopteris sichotensis – A large Asian forest fern with dark scales and strong, flat growing fronds. Occurs in the undergrowth of forests, in the highlands on


Lastreopsis microsora – This fern has been used for years as bedding plant in southern California, the creeping rhizome is moderately slow-growing and easy to control.


Dryopteris koidzumiana – This unique fern loves warmth, so patience is required for it to start growing. But once it does, new fronds emerge with their