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Athyrium niponicum Metallicum - 2Ltr Shrub



Catalogue Code: 5130-5193

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Order Now - Delivery from late September

Regular price £16.99
Handsome hardy fern, easy to grow in shady spots in your garden. With metallic silvery leaf-like fronds returning every spring for the spring and summer season ahead.

Key Features

  • Perfect for pots and containers
  • Hardy perennial
  • Prefers full sun
  • Prefers part shade

Pack Contents: 2Ltr potted shrub

Height: 30cm (12in)


  • Low maintenance plant
  • Unusual, metallic silvery foliage with finely-textured fronds
  • Fully hardy perennial – returns every spring
  • Steadily spreading to furnish awkward shady spots, without taking over
  • Effective with nearby woodland bulbs like snowdrops and crocuses

Watch the contrasting and striking leaf-like fronds unfurl from hardy Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum metallicum). Every frond shows off metallic grey patterning, stunning and almost luminescent in shady spots of your garden.

The fronds start to curl open in spring and make an effective backdrop to surrounding spring-flowering bulbs like snowdrops and dog tooth violets. Planted near other ferns you can build up a fern garden in just one season and fill in awkward shady spots in your garden.

We recommend that you position your fern in rich soil, adding well-rotted farm manure to give your Japanese painted fern lots of nutrients and rich soil for the roots to thrive in. Every autumn the fronds die back to leave a base which you can leave over winter. In spring new fronds will emerge and curl open.

How you will receive your plants: 

Selected by our team of experts and sent from our nursery, you will receive your plant in a pot, ready to plant out. 

Can’t plant straight away? 

Place the pot in a sheltered spot outdoors and water regularly to keep the soil moist. 

Planting in the ground: 

Dig a hole slightly wider than the rootball of the plant. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same level in the ground as it did in the pot. When backfilling, mix in a soil improver such as well-rotted farmyard manure. Firm the soil around the plant and water well. 

Planting in containers: 

Choose a pot with good drainage holes. Place stones or crocks (bits of broken pottery) at the bottom of the pot to stop the drainage holes clogging up. Use a good quality compost. Feed and water container-grown plants regularly. 


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