On the left, a large fir tree and clumps of tall sword ferns
would screen me from approaching turkeys, and on the right a mound of dirt sprouting briers and hazelnut bushes would do the same.
Growing harmoniously in partial shade are sages, sword ferns
and false heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia), as well as the exquisite ``Black Beauty'' heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens), which has dark violet flowers and blackish purple leaves.
It will take centuries, if not millennia, for the Dyerville Giant to decompose and donate its nutrients to lichens, mosses, sword ferns
, lady ferns, redwood sorrel, trillium, salmon berry, tanoak, California laurel, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, porcupines, bobcats, spotted owls, thrushes, wrens, warblers, and future redwood giants.
April McCalmont is searching for those little salamanders in the park's deeply rich rainforest of old-growth conifers, maples, scraggly alders and masses of sword ferns
, oxalis, Oregon grape and other thick groundcovers.
We were searching for sign when I saw the buck lying in the waist-high sword ferns
Ornamental grasses, sword ferns
, and heathers are good choices.
We glimpsed beautiful wildflowers and sword ferns
, among other species.
So we grabbed handfuls of sword ferns
and pulled ourselves up to new foot holds.
In these beds, I planted sword ferns
and vine maples, like those growing wild nearby.
As we walk through an understory of sword ferns
, vine maple, salal, and western hemlock in a second-growth Douglas-fir stand, Graham claims, "We're creating an environment that's conducive to most wildlife.
The vegetation - brake ferns, not sword ferns
, remembers another long-timer in the area, Dwane Richardson - probably hung around until at least 1941.
Softshield ferns are almost as sun- and drought-tolerant as sword ferns
, but for best results, plant them where they won't get midday sun and give them even moisture.
To show just how invasive the plant can be, Penhallegon walked reporters along a Hendricks Park path where the low-growing plant is taking over beneath oak trees where one would normally see trillium and sword ferns
Use: Combine the species listed above with rosemary and santolina; basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis) and blue and yellow bearded irises; or sword ferns
and green-flowered Corsican hellebore.
The understory is rife with sword ferns
, false lily-of-the-valley, miner's lettuce and cow parsnip.