Best ferns for a low-water garden
These luxuriant ferns don’t need to drink a lot to be happy. Get our tips on the best types to plant and how to care for them
Giant chain fernSpecies: Woodwardia fimbriata
Found in: Mild, wet coastal areas from British Columbia to Mexico.
Grows to: 9 feet tall in its native habitat; 4 to 6 feet tall in most gardens. Evergreen.
Why this fern? With thick, leathery fronds that shoot up straight and then spread out at the top, the plant resembles a cool green fountain.
Sunset climate zones: 2b–9, 14–24
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