SOUTHERN RIVER WOOD or SOUTHERN SHIELD
Our first fall fern is the Southern River Wood or Southern Shield Fern. In my video on these guys, we actually highlight two variations, both called the Southern Shield Fern. It is an evergreen, giving you great green shades throughout the winter’s cold temps. These ferns, and most that we highlight, thrive best in Zone’s 7-8 and below, as they don’t need to get below zero degrees Fahrenheit. If you are growing these beauties further north, they do well as an annual plant or in a container. They don’t require much water, and really thrive in a shady corner of your garden. They can handle a little sun, but not too much! The more sun they get, the lighter the leaves will become. In the ground, they can grow waist high, up to 4 feet tall! I grow these ferns in container by my back door and they just thrive with little attention. Whenever I need them, they are there to provide great clippings for arrangements!