Dry, full-shade ferns

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David Dickinson

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Dry, full-shade ferns
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:58:35 AM »
Does anybody grow any? It would appear that the following should be considered but I have read varying reports of how dry they can go.

Asplenium scolopendrium
Polypodium australe
Polypodium vulgare
Polystichum setiferum


I would be able to water them even on a regular basis but it would be good to have recommendations based on practical experience of those which are truly reliable in a dry, full-shade Mediterranean context.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.