A new cultivar of Dryopteris Jurassic Gold was found as a sporeling by Bob and Jill Hollister, owners of Country Garden Plant Sales on their nursery near the Jurassic Coast in South Dorset. Propagation was then established with the technical expertise of fern specialist Vitroplus.
The marketing efforts of Genesis Plant Marketing and the support of UK producer of young plants and liners Seiont Nurseries have already helped the plant to become a commercial success.
The fern has beautiful colouring to the new foliage, which emerges as a very bright golden orange. As the fronds mature, the colour fades to a lighter shade. The semi-evergreen flourishes in part shade and is hardy to -20°C. It is ideal as either a border or perennial plant.
This British-bred fern has really grabbed the spotlight and is perfect for adding texture and colour to planting schemes, as well as making superb ground cover for lightly shaded borders and woodland gardens. The hardy fern also makes a fine container plant, either alone or as part of a mixed patio planting. It grows to 60cm in height and has a spread of 45cm.
The plant has already proved successful with good orders for mail-order and garden centre sales starting in spring 2019.
‘Jurassic Gold’ was the winner in the nursery stock category at the Four Oaks Trade Show in September 2018, after being entered by Genesis Plant Marketing and Seiont Nurseries. It beat two highly commended entries to win the award — Rudbeckia ‘Forever Gold’ from Rijnbeek & Son and Echinacea ‘Full Salmon’ from Allensmore Nurseries.
The new fern is a featured plant at RHS Wisley’s new plant centre, which is situated in the new £22m Welcome Building at the Surrey garden. The society is seeking to promote smaller British growers and plant breeders after seeing a 42% decrease in the number of small nurseries included in its annual RHS Plant Finder publication between 2000 and 2019.
‘Jurassic Gold’ featured on the Binny Plants display in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.
Dryopteris are low-maintenance plants if they are positioned in the appropriate area. They are also moisture-retentive and should be watered on a regular basis, especially during periods of dry weather.
A layer of mulch is advised in the autumn to help the plants to conserve moisture levels. Cutting back any decayed fronds during the winter months is recommended to encourage new growth.
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