Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance (Copper Shield Fern) 1.5l

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Copper Shield Fern

This award-winning fern brings a long season of interest to the garden with beautiful two-tone foliage.

The Copper Shield Fern, Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance', is a striking, bold semi-evergreen variety with chunky triangular, arching fronds which emerge with a subtle coppery-red tinge in spring. As spring turns to summer, the leaves eventually change to become shiny and green as they mature, before developing bold orange spotted spores on the underside in autumn.This easy-to-grow hardy plant is ideal for any shaded spot where it will form a generous clump which becomes bigger and stronger as the years go by. Prized for its reliable garden performance and excellent ornamental appeal, this award-winning variety is a fantastic, option for injecting a bit of fuss-free colour into a shady or woodland area were many other plants might struggle. Enjoying a sheltered, enclosed position and with a compact, bushy habit, it's a great fern for a smaller or enclosed space and sits very comfortably within a modern or urban garden as well as more traditional styles.

Enjoy year-round colour which changes with the seasons with this low maintenance, compact fern.

Key Features

Plant Type: Fern

Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 1m (Mature age: 5 Years) 

Foliage Colour: Pink, Brown, Green

Flower Colour: -

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Soil Type: Loam, Chalky, Sandy, Clay, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade

Planting Style: Wildlife Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Urban Garden, Banks & Slopes, Low Maintenance Garden, Damp Shade, Woodland Garden

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' (Copper Shield Fern) is low maintenance and loves a shady spot in a sheltered location, such as within a shrubbery, in the shade of a tree or shade beds. It can cope with some sun if kept well watered.

This variety loves any well-drained, moist soil. Water well until established and mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

Water regularly throughout the first year to help the anchor the roots. Once established, this variety will require very little additional watering unless planted in very dry shade.

It's not necessary to feed your fern, although you can apply an occasional all-purpose liquid feed during the first season to help it to establish.

Cut back any old or tatty foliage in spring to make space for the fresh new foliage to grow.