Gymnocarpium dryopteris Oak Fern 1' tall or less never grows more than a foot tall, spreading slowly to form a beautiful clump of airy greenish-gold leaves. Ideal for mixing with low growing spring woodland wildflowers such as Trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, Jacob's Ladder and Virginia Bluebells. Gymnocarpium dryopteris Requires a well-drained soil in light to full shade.
Myosotis sylvatica Blue Sylva This short-lived perennial or biennial has ovate to lance-shaped, velvety gray-green leaves to 4.5 inches long. Myriad saucer-shaped blue or white flowers with yellow eyes are borne in clusters from spring to early summer. Noteworthy Characteristics: Useful for spring bedding and mixed or wildflower gardens. Easy to start from seed; self-seeds freely, and seedlings are easy to transplant.
Polystichum setiferum - Soft Shield Fern most architecturally interesting evergreen ferns for woodland garden. finely dissected, arch gracefully fronds swirl around the center, creating a whirlwind effect. foliage asks to be touched. . They also combine well with hellebores, hostas, wild gingers (Asarum), Brunnera, and epimediums. Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group contrast well with broadleaf evergreen shrubs- sarcococcas and rhodo.
Dryopteris wallichiana - Alpine Wood Fern .5-1m tall Dryopteris can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen ferns, with stout, erect or decumbent rhizomes and shuttlecock-like rosettes of lance-shaped to ovate, pinnately divided fronds D. wallichiana is a deciduous or semi-evergreen fern, forming tufts of erect, lance-shaped, bipinnatifid fronds, bright yellowish-green when young, clothed with blackish-brown scales on the stalk and midrib
Athyrium filix-femina lady fern deciduous fern that features lacy-cut, 2 to 3-pinnate or pinnatifid, finely-divided, lanceolate, light green fronds which grow in a dense circular shuttlecock-like clump to 2-3' tall. Sori and indusia are found on the undersides of the pinnules. This is a circumglobal species which is found in rich moist woods, thickets, fields, meadows and ravines throughout northern North America, Europe and Asia.
Alchemilla_mollis full sun-part shade lobed, densely hairy, chartreuse foliage that is crimped at the edges. Soft, frothy, yellow-green foliage hovers above the plant from early summer through autumn. The soft leaves form depressions which capture morning dew or rain. Propagation: Sow seed in containers in spring. Divide in early spring or autumn. Problems: Slugs and snails may damage foliage
galanthus_nivalis_snowdrop Snowdrops are some of the earliest bulbs, and flowers in general, to bloom in spring. Galanthus nivalis is the most common species, and its cultivars are the most commonly grown snowdrops on the market. They are reliably hardy and perennial. They grow to 4 inches tall and wide and flower in mid- to late winter, long before most other plants. They are the first sign of spring around the corner. Flowers are nodding and white.