Ghost Lady Fern

'Ghost' Lady Fern

Tolerates dry conditions better than most Ferns!

Item # 48349

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Illuminate the shade garden with this stunning new American hybrid! 'Ghost' is a terrifically versatile fern, outstandingly lovely in its own right as well as being the perfect foil for surrounding green- and blue-leaved plants. One of the most distinctive and original new cultivars in recent years, it is the result of fine breeding that will show to splendid advantage in your partially to fully shaded garden.

A cross between Lady Fern and Japanese Silver-Painted Fern, 'Ghost' improves on these two favorites by combining finely divided foliage, excellent upright habit, and silvery-gray fronds so luminous they appear to glow. If you have been tempted to grow a fern garden in the past but have been discouraged by the lack of color range, 'Ghost' is the accent planting you need to highlight the more subtle changes in color and texture among other ferns. Also dramatic among blue-leaved Hostas and Epidemiums, 'Ghost' is distinctive enough to stand on its own as a specimen planting or as a luminous ribbon of "light" in the shade.

Developed by Nancy Swell of Virginia, 'Ghost' is happily indifferent to soil type, and tolerates more dryness than most of its family. It grows at a moderate rate, forming an attractive clump 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide after several years. If planting multiple 'Ghosts', space them about a foot apart in partial to full shade. A wonderful groundcover or container choice, too! Zones 4-8.

Review Summary
(Based on 3 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Ghost Fern
Natural El from PA wrote on July 25, 2013

I live in the mountains and ferns are everywhere, but this fern stands out to everyone. In the Spring, it is the lightest of light colors and as the season progresses, it has developed more color, but still stands out in the shade. It also has filled out quite nicely. Have had no problems with it whatsoever.

mom who loves gardening from MA wrote on June 01, 2013

I have ordered plants online several times from other companies. I was amazed with how large the plants were from waysides and how well they were packed. I will order all my online plants here in the future.

New customer
Anonymous from wrote on February 27, 2013

First time ordering and like the selections.