Autumn Brilliance Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

​This fern is particularly glossy - adding light and depth to shade gardens. They fronds start out in a glossy salmon-orange color with greenish yellow tones. As summer progresses, it turns a deep glossy green. Stays green almost all winter. it will reach about 18-24 inches when mature and spread gently. Hardy to zone 5. 

Tatting Fern

Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

This highly unusual fern has leaves that resemble lace tatting. Fronds are narrow and the tatting resembles half moons with a fringed edge. Very attractive in containers as well as planted in a woodland setting.  

Tatting ferns staty in a low clump. I like to plant them next to a decaying log. They are hardy to zone 4.

Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern

Applecourt Crested Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum pictum 'Applecourt'

Named after the Applecourt Nursery from where it came, this is an exquisite fern. Very bushy and forming a nice clump, it has a highlight down the center of each frond and as the fern matures, the frond start to end on forked or crested flourishes...

Applecourt Crested Ferns are deciduous and reach 12″ to 24″.

A lovely  specimen fern or focal point; does well in container growing as well as in a natural setting. ​ Zones 3 through 8.

Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea

Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum Pictum

One of the most popular ferns - gorgeous collage of colors of greens, burgundy, and silvers. This fern most be kept in shade as direct sun will burn. Painted ferns stay mostly in a clump but can spread lightly if happy. Zone 4. 

Sensitive Fern

Robust Male Fern

Lady (Lady in Red) Fern

Ostrich (The King) Fern

Northern (Five-Finger) Maiden Hair Fern

Himalayan Maiden Hair Fern

We always a wide variety of great ferns available - both native as well as other fun and exciting ornamentals.

We also specialize in native endangered woodland medicinals, which are also grown and naturalized in our Fernery. Great ephemerals and shade-loving plants like goldenseal, ginseng, jack-in-the-pulpit, bellwort, spleenwort, shooting stars, violets, ramps, blue and black cohosh, spikenard, wild ginger, stoneroot, and more! 

More and Better Descriptions and Photos TO COME.

The Fernery at Midsummer Farm 


Wooly Lip Fern
Cheilanthes tomentosa

The Wooly Lip Fern, is a xeric fern - it prefers dry sunny locations rather than moist woodlands. The fronds screen themselves from sun with hair and scales giving them a fuzzy appearance. 

They are sometimes called resurrection ferns as they can dry up completely and then come back to life when watered. This is a clumping native fern that can naturalize, with very upright fronds grouped tightly.  They love rocky locations. I planted some with Artemisia Silver Mounds - very striking. 


DeWint Violet

Freckles Violet


Blood Root

Varigated Solomon's Seal 



Our ferns are mostly sold in 4 inch square tall (1 quart) pots and are priced at $9 each.

Parsley Leaf Male Fern

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Parsley'

Parsley Male Fern is a dependable naturalizer but does not wildly spread. Likes lightly shaded woods and does well in garden settings as well as long  as kept from direct sun. 

A beautiful chunky leaf shape with elegant curves, this fern adds a lovely texture to a woodland setting. Some fronds are crested,

18″ to 24″ clumping. This is a hardy and tough little fern. Zone 4. 

Cristata The King Male Fern

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata-The King'

​This is a large and stunning fern - spring fronds have shaggy golden scales - very unusual and exciting. 2-4 foot fronds are adorned with fabulously lush crests. This fern can be focal point in the garden and the green can last well into winter. Hardy to zone 4, lightly spreads. 




Stone Root


Laborador Violet

Dog's Tooth Violet


Blue Cohosh 

Black Cohosh 

Azolla Water or Fairy Fern

(Sold in a plastic tub)

Azolla is a floating water fern, sometimes called Mosquito fern as it blocks mosquitoes from breeding the water it floats on and covers. 

Azolla is a great fodder and fertilizer plant. It is also extremely attractive growing over tubs of water where you might have bog planting or plants likeLotus.

Please read more on the amazing Azolla Plant. 

Jimmy Dyce Broad Wood Fern

Dryopteris dilatata ‘Jimmy Dyce’, 

Named after Jimmy Dyce who discovered it on the Isle of Arran in 1969, this cultivar is a strikingly wonderful little fern.

It is especially deep in color - like a blue green. And it forms a thick and even little clump of opulent green. Very hardy (zone 4) and makes a great understory plant.

Virginia Chain Fern