8 Best Foxtail Fern Landscaping Ideas

Foxtail Fern, also known as Asparagus Densiflorus, is a variable evergreen perennial plant, closely related to the vegetable asparagus that is a great addition to any landscape.

It is known for its unique and feathery foliage that resembles the tail of a fox, and it’s an excellent choice for adding texture and interest to a garden.

  • What looks good with foxtail fern?

If you are looking for a beautiful front yard landscape you will need more than a foxtail fern. Small flowers around it could make it stand out while bigger plants like sago palm could distinguish different layers of the landscape. Other low-maintenance plants like succulents are a breeze, and croton could give you more color and texture.

  • Can a foxtail fern be planted outside?

Yes, the foxtail fern loves to be outside. Plant the outdoor foxtail fern in a lightly shaded area, particularly avoiding the hot afternoon sun as it could damage it and turn its leaves yellow.

Here are some landscaping ideas for incorporating foxtail fern into your outdoor space.

1. Use as a Border Plant

Use Foxtail Fern as Border Plant

Foxtail fern makes a perfect border for a flower bed or along a fence because of its height and feathery foliage.

It will create a beautiful and natural barrier between the lawn and other plants. Add some pebbles or rocks for a unique garden centerpiece.

2. Create a Cluster Planting

Foxtail Fern Cluster Planting

Plant a lot of foxtail ferns to create a lush and tropical look. You can create clusters and separate them with grass, walkways, or rocks.

3. Spruce Up Rock Gardens

Foxtail Fern Rock Garden

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Foxtail fern is a drought-tolerant plant thus making it suitable for dry areas and rock gardens. You can complement any rock formation with it and add green lush color to the area.

4. Foxtail Fern Looks Great In A Planter

Foxtail Fern Grown In a Planter

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Foxtail ferns make great container plants because they are easy to grow, lush green, and can be grown in a variety of soils. They are also great for adding a natural touch to patios or decks.

5. Use as a Ground Cover

Foxtail Fern As a Ground Cover

via Pearson Landscape Services

If you are looking for a more textured ground cover Foxtail fern is an excellent choice. With its lush foliage, it could hide ground imperfections or small rocks and weeds.

6. Create a Layered Landscape

Layered Flower Bed With Foxtail Fern

via Eileen G Designs

Foxtail ferns can be a backdrop to other plants in your garden. They can be planted behind shorter plants to add height and interest to your garden. Plants in different heights can help you create layered landscaping.

How To Care For Foxtail Fern In Your Landscape


Foxtail fern prefers filtered shade and can tolerate a bit of morning sun, but it should be protected from intense afternoon light. When grown indoors, it should be placed in a spot with bright, indirect light to avoid leaf burn.


Foxtail fern can thrive in different types of soil as long as it has good drainage to prevent root rot. It prefers slightly acidic soil, but this is not essential for its growth.


Foxtail fern’s tuberous roots allow it to store water, making it easy to over-water. It’s recommended to water once a week, allowing the top three inches of soil to dry out before watering again. During drought, you may need to increase watering frequency, but be sure to check the soil moisture before doing so.

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