The area underneath my deck was once wasted space, nothing growing there. Over the past few years I've been converting it to a fern bed, and it's been doing well.
Yesterday I discovered something that's got me even more excited about this area. First though, let's take a look at the ferns here.
There are lady ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) and sensitive ferns (Onoclea sensibilis) that have started to mingle and mix:
Also Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum I believe)...
...as well as this sturdy, glossy fellow whose name I always forget... tassel fern (Polystichum polyblepharum)?
The patio under the deck keeps getting runoff from heavy rains, so it's often dirty and soil gets into the cracks between the stones. You can see a bit of that at the bottom of this photo:
This seems to be a good thing though, because yesterday I noticed...
... baby ferns!
I'm not sure how many plants this is, but at least half a dozen.
I'm also not sure which fern has spawned these. Lady fern perhaps?
This must be a magical space, as the out-of-nowhere coleus grew here too:
Maybe those skylights I installed are the key? More light for just the right conditions?