Low Maintenance Groundcover for Shade

I love the way these Cinnamon fern, which was started from 5 plants, has colonized into a small stand .  Besides looking good, it is deer resistant and is doing a great job of competing with garlic mustard.  In fact, as it slowly spreads, it takes over areas that Garlic Mustard once occupied without any problem.  These ferns are planted under Norway Spruces that have been pruned up.  As you can see around the edges, weeds are present but interestingly, the planting is mostly weed free.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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