Bird’s nest fern or Asplenium nidus seen here at the SBG makes an attractive crowning glory for a vertical wall under shady conditions. It reminds me of a red indian chieftain’s head-gear framing a handsome stoic face. Sometimes you can see these ferns sitting forlorn at the road-side, when the tree branch carrying this heavy majestic frond could no longer support its weight.
The leaves are long, slim and shiny green with smooth edge, spores on the underneath and a black mid-rib. The fern reproduces through spores which spread far and wide. Here, on the planter box of my balcony, 2 ferns have nested in to form luxurious ground-cover.
Bird’s nest Ferns at the Garden Festival, now a popular landscaping mainstay accompanied by silver ferns as ground cover.
Selaginella as ground cover. It needs lots of shade and has a bluish-green shimmery tone.