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Royal Fern
Pond
Structure

Native British Plant

Royal Fern
Osmundia regalis
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Celtic Wildflowers

Swansea-based independent nursery with ethical values, specialising in potted trees.

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Sometimes sellers may not have the plant you’re looking for in stock. eBay can be a useful last resort, with many nurseries selling direct to consumers. However, plants may not be the species advertised as sellers often make mistakes or misrepresent items. Importing plants from other countries risks spreading pests and diseases.

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Grow Royal Fern

Pond
Structure

What’s The Point?

Structure, Pond

What do we mean?

We thought that gardening was complicated enough for newbies, without dealing with terms like ‘perennial’, ‘biennial’ and ‘sedge’. So let’s make it clear and simple – why would you want to buy this plant? E.g. some ‘trees’ like Hazel are also good hedging and provide food.

Perennial
Aquatic
Fern and Moss

Technical Plant Type

Perennial, Aquatic, Fern or Moss

What do we mean?

We know that some of you like more detail, so here it is… 

Annual plants live for one year, then set seed; biennial plants generally grow flowers in the second year, with leafy growth in year one. Perennial plants put down deeper roots and come back every year, provided they aren’t killed off by drought, frost or acts of God/dog. 

Aquatic plants, climbers, ferns, grasses and trees are almost always perennial.

Pond Plant Placement

Bog & Fen

What do we mean?

If you plop a waterlily on the edge of a pond, it will dry out – likewise, a Cuckooflower will drown in the depths. Correct placement is key to success, but some of the terms are a bit mysterious:

‘Bog/fen’ – this land may be slightly flooded in winter, but is almost always moist.
‘Marginal’ – the sloping sides or underwater shelves at the edge of a pond.
‘Deep water’ – anything below about 30cm (1ft).
‘Floating’ – does not need to root in the pond bed.

Brown

Flower/Fruit Colour

Brown

Plant Height

200cm
Loam
Clay

Soil Type

Loam, Clay

What do we mean?

Different plants like different conditions for their roots, and some species aren’t suited to certain types of soil. It’s best to check this before planting, to avoid costly mistakes. Loam looks like compost, while clay turns slippery and mouldable when wet; chalk soils are pale in colour, found above chalk or limestone rock, and sand is, well, sandy.

Waterlogged
Moist

Soil Moisture

Waterlogged, Moist

What do we mean?

Roots are sensitive little organs, and some species of plant don’t like sitting around with wet feet, especially if they rely on processes at the roots, like mycorrhizal interactions. Waterlogged soils tend to have water puddling on the surface when it rains; moist soils are generally wet just below ground level and free-draining soils may be quite dry in the height of summer. And no, we don’t like the term ‘moist’ any more than you, but ‘damp’ doesn’t seem much better.

Partial Shade
Shady

Sunlight and Shade

Full Shade, Partial Shade

What do we mean?

Different plants have evolved for different levels of sunlight exposure. Just like humans, some species love soaking up the rays all day while others would rather live in a cellar. This is worth considering before you stick a sun-loving plant on a north-facing balcony or pop that delicate fern in the middle of the patio.

Species Status

Native

What do we mean?

The species listed on Buy Native are, of course, native! That means they arrived on our island naturally, without human help, since the last Ice Age. This helped them to develop important relationships with our other native species – invertebrates, birds, mammals, fungi, etc, that make them crucial parts of a healthy ecosystem.

Remarks

A spectacular native fern that looks subtropical - prefers humid, moist conditions with an acid soil, and thrives by the edge of a pond.
This plant was created by Chris