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Plants With Year-Round Interest

Here are 10 plants that will provide year-round interest to any landscape.

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Ostrich Fern(6 of 10)

Matteuccia pensylvanica

  • Large, deciduous fern reaching upwards of four feet.

  • Plant in rich, wet to moist soil.

  • Plant in medium to full shade for all zones.

  • Hardy in AHS heat zones 8-1

Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:

  • Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

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