Starter Shade Collection
Starter Shade Collection

Starter Shade Collection

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Common Name: Lady Fern, Hosta
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 36" Read our Growing Guide
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We've paired our popular Emerald Isle Hostas with the native Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina: They make a stunning starter garden collection for shade and will be drought tolerant once established. Each collection includes 4 varieties of Hosta, 5 plants of each; plus 6 Lady Ferns. 26 bareroot plants total, labeled. They will cover approximately 66 sq ft.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Filled in nicely

I ordered two of these collections about 3-4 years ago and everything grew big and beautiful (until our renters killed the ferns). I would order these again and again. Right plant and right conditions means a full and lovely green fill.

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Not Recommended for Average Gardener

When I saw the title "Starter Shade Collection" I thought this meant suitable for the average gardener's skill level. Wrong. This collection is shipped bareroot, which was something I had never dealt with before. There turned out to be so many restrictions: It must be kept dark, it must be kept damp, it must be planted immediately, and that is just the beginning! This collection additionally requires a lot of careful work- digging of 26 small holes in just the right depth and spacing, correct placing and soil mixing. I had no idea of the effort involved and had to hire a gardener to do it. Any money saved was lost on the gardener's wage. Unless you are a skilled gardener, don't waste your time and money on bareroots.

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Shade starters

Product appeared fine upon arrival, planted next day, , water, TLC, the half that survived only grew to about 6 in high and 7 in total span.
Picture looked great, reality didn't duplicate.

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These are awesome

I planted these the week before Sandy hit. We didn't get hammered as bad as New Jersey, but we did get about 20 in of rain. I was sure they were washed away.

They came up this spring, and I didn't lose one single plant. Not one. They're planted along the side of the house, where its almost always shaded, and where I've had a horrible time getting anything to grow.

There were so many plants I did the side of the house and an area under a huge lilac that has also been a problem for me. Those are also doing well.

You really can't go wrong with this collection.

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Bigger and better every year after 4 yrs

Great for novice. Every plant came up in spring and has kept expanding every year. I wouldn't have thought to mix ferns but it looks great.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
Print Grow Guide

Lady Fern (Athyrium felix-femina): For initial planting of bareroot Ferns, lay the plants with buds and old fronds facing up in a shallow hole and cover with an inch of soil. Ferns are notoriously slow to send up new growth after planting, but good things come to those who wait.

Hostas: With a trowel, dig the planting holes and set the roots in them. Hold the buds (the pointed growing tips) 1 inch below the surface of the soil. then push soil back into the holes to cover the roots, firm the soil, and water thoroughly.