Ferns, or pteridophytes, are an important component of the various habitats in southeast North America. The moist, shady conditions and acid soils of our mixed hardwood forests are ideal habitats for many of our most beautiful ferns. However, there are many ferns in the Southeast that grow in full to partial sun. Some ferns grow in soils with a high pH. Check the Resources page for additional information on choosing, planting and growing these versatile plants.
Wetlands and riparian areas are special habitats that require plants that are adapted to their specific characteristics. Wetlands such as swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens are flooded with water for extended periods of time. The hydrologic regime has a significant impact on the species that inhabit these areas. See the Resources page for information on wetlands. Likewise riparian habitats, the areas along rivers and streams, have characteristics such as unique topography and a periodic flooding regime that limit the species that can successfully inhabit them. See the Resources page for information on riparian areas. We grow several wetland and riparian species for southeaster North America. Please call us if you have questions regarding species selection, installation, culture, etc.