Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:10
I frow 3 ....including a painted Japanese fern and Dryopteris.
Dryopteris, in my experience, is very adaptable. Grows where it's dry as well as where it's very wet. Looks better out of the sun though.
Dryopteris The King for me grows about 4' or more. It is a fascinating plant Justin. I'm not a wildlife gardener but it would look right anywhere but a rockery or dryscape garden. Kids would find its unfurling fronds amazing,,it's pest and disease resistant and is rich green in the growing season.
I would plant it in humusy soil for best appearance. As for its role in the wildlife garden I'm sure it is useful but I will see what others more knowledgeable say about that.