Few plants impart such a light, airy, cooling effect, or provide such a range of textures for the garden as Ferns. They like a light, highly organic soil with ample moisture during their growing season, more so as the plants are becoming established. Our plants are of northern ancestry for extra hardiness, and perform better and better with age. Do not plant too deep; set the crowns at or just below soil level. A year-round mulch is recommended.