Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Branford Beauty Fern

Athyrium x 'Branford Beauty'
A soothing addition to the shady spaces around your home.
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Create a calming Zen space with Branford Beauty Fern. In a serene, shady sitting area, you’ll escape from the heat of the sun, while watching the play of light and shadow on its feathery fronds. Branford Beauty is unique among Ferns for its seafoam-green color, which brings to mind the rolling ocean surf. Deep burgundy stems add definition. Use Branford Beauty as a single splash of brightness to catch your eye, or plant a whole wave of glorious, glowing, silvery green to inundate your border with cool color. So satisfying and easy to grow.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Branford Beauty Fern is the result of a happy marriage between two fine species. The Japanese Painted Fern hails from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and northern China and is beloved in gardens around the world. A handsome spreader, it covers the ground with flashy green, silver, and burgundy-flushed foliage. The Lady Fern graces northern forests in North America, Europe, and Asia with its lacy, green, upright-arching fronds. Branford Beauty is a chance hybrid of these two sensational Ferns. It first appeared in the garden of a physician named Nick Nickou of Branford, Connecticut.

The Details

Who needs flowers? Great garden designers rely on foliage over flowers to supply long-lasting color and texture to the landscape. With its frosty green fronds, Branford Beauty Fern makes a fabulous show throughout the growing season.

How to Grow

Although Branford Beauty Fern is one tough Spirit, treating it well will reap rewards. This means giving it a premium spot in the landscape where it will receive gentle morning sun or dappled sunlight throughout the day. It needs shade when the sun is hottest. This Fern also appreciates rich, organic soil that holds some moisture but drains well and doesn’t stay soggy after a rain. Regular irrigation is important for lush growth, especially if plants are competing with tree roots for water. It will spread slowly like a groundcover when happy. Branford Beauty Fern goes completely dormant in winter, coming to life again in mid-spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Avg Mature Height 18-23"
Avg Mature Width 18-23"
Foliage Color Gray Green/Silver
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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