The magical world of ferns and other shade loving plants.

Welcome to our website nursery, we hope you enjoy the plants on offer. We started in 2007 and initially specialised in ferns before growing other shade loving plants, especially Hostas. As recent customers at plant fairs have seen we are now utilising the other meaning of 'shady' by growing and offering insectivorous plants. We will have more on our website soon.
A little about us. Well we never take plants from the wild (so no trunked Dicksonias for example) and we employ organic methods of growing. We are now using organic peat free compost for the vast majority of our plants (we are working on peat free mixes for insectivorous plants and a good one for ericaceous). The particular mix we use is not as 'woody' or 'barky' as cheaper types. We use Evergreen Irish organic peat free compost made from worm castings, seaweed, composted willow and well rotted horse manure. Oh, and we love growing plants and stick to plants that excite us, trying to avoid the more homogenous offerings of garden centres nowadays.

Delivery to Republic of Ireland now from €7.95, Northern Ireland €11.95 (NEW For Northern Irish orders over €60 it will be €7.95 for Fastways, €8.98 for DPD) . Free delivery throughout Ireland on subtotals over €95, and Northern Ireland on subtotals over €110. You can also collect your plants from the nursery or plant fairs.
Yes, we offer mail order within the EU!

A family run Irish Bloom and RHS award winning specialist fern, hosta and shade loving plant nursery, based in Co. Waterford, we have a large selection of hardy ferns for sale, one of the widest selection of hardy garden ferns to buy online in Europe. We also offer over 40 varieties of Hosta. We also supply many other plants, expertly chosen for their garden worthiness and affinity with ferns in various planting schemes. There are also a few surprises as well!

For gift vouchers just scroll down to the bottom of this page.

To find out more about us, and see our Google 5 star reviews, click here!

Recent customer comments:

I just wanted to say thank you for sending the plants (mainly Heucheras). They are due to join the leafy collection very soon. is already added to my favorites/bookmarks and I’m sure I will be soon asking for some more plants.
Thank you & Happy New Year!
08/01/24 MM - Kildare

Dear Mike, I'm pleased to inform you that your shipment was delivered to me today in perfect condition. I remain grateful to you for the careful protection of the plants.
05/12/23 NS- Spain

Hi Mike, Plants arrived safely today. I'm very impressed with your packing skills! Thank you for all the advice and the foliage.
11/08/23 DD -Sligo

Good morning Mike, Just took say plants arrived this morning all packed really well and in great condition. Thanks again
22/02/23 MM- Dublin

This is simply the very best mail order Fern Nursery! Everything about it is excellent. Wonderful plants clearly grown with great skill. Excellent value. Beautifully, lovingly, packed. Delivered in great time without and issue. Can't recommend it highly enough! Buy something from Mike you won't regret it!!!

"I LOVE getting plants from you!!! My order just arrived today. Thank you so much and 10% off future purchases! What's not to like? Thank you Mike!"
KR 15/02/23 - Wicklow

"Hi, Many thanks, I received the delivery today and everything looks great."
24/11/22 DC - Dublin

"Hi Mike, Just received my order..thank you so much for how well you packed my order .. makes a lovely change with online plants ! I will be ordering again no doubt in future..."
5/10/22 MM- Dublin

"Received my lovely plants just now and wanted to thank you for packaging them so well.
Arriv ed in perfect condition and as it is jolly wet today they are right a home already!! Thanks again for your great service"
28/10/21 DC - Co. Down

"Hi Mike, I took delivery today of my recent order, I have to say I'm very impressed with your service.
Very fast delivery time coupled with first-class packaging made this a satisfactory experience.
I look forward to using your nursery again in the near future."
25/01/23 CM - Armagh

"Thank you for my ferns, I am delighted with them."
17/10/21 MR - Co. Meath

"Dear Mike, Thank you very much for the lovely plants which arrived safely early this morning."
24/09/21 ME - Mayo

"I recently bought the dry fern collection, hosts and dodecahedron jeffreyi. Everything arrived quickly and the items were packaged with TLC and everything was in perfect condition on arrival. I'll definitely buy again. Thank you ??"

"Look no further than Shady Plants
Shady plants advised on ferns, described the features of each, sent photos of them and gave a planting plan. A complete service. Simply phenomenal and I can't praise and thank them enough."

"Got my plants...delighted with them. Excellent. May get some more!
16/04/21 AF - Kildare

"Thanks Mike and you staff, my order arrived this morning professionally packed and excellent condition, will be shopping again soon."
16/04/21 PM - Waterford

"Hi Mike, Just wanted to let you know that my order arrived a few minutes ago and I'm absolutely thrilled!
They were so well packaged and the plants looked perfect, thank you!"
15/04/21 CH - Co Meath

My box of ferns arrived, immaculately packed and just what I wanted.
I really enjoyed your RHSI talk the other evening, which inspired me to order from you and plant up a shady area in my garden with more ferns.
Thank you so much.
10/03/21 SO - Cork

More customer comments here

We are delighted to offer a range of gift vouchers. If ordering gift vouchers only please select "Gift voucher only" when prompted for delivery location.

The voucher will have a code which the user can use online. The code will be sent to you by email in the form of an image you can print out yourself to send on.
If you would like a personalised card send with the Gift voucher to your recipient then we are delighted to offer a new service where we place the gift voucher into a card faced with an original photograph and the option of a personalised message. Just send an email with your message. We will then post to your recipient. Again, use 'gift vuchers only' at checkout to avoid postage charges.

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