Well I just replanted this thing and I have some interesting observations to relate on the native plants that I had going in there. Some were trying to slow down for a winter dormancy, while others still look nice and green and are actively growing.
The plant below is a nice little fern that I found in the woods at my brother's place. It has been growing ever since I replanted it and still looks great now in mid-December the winter after I got it. I need to figure out what it is and I also want to divide it and replant again.
The wild ginger (Asarum canadense
) has been looking pretty sad for a couple of months. If you look close you can see the single new bud that will start its next year's growth. I removed this plant and put it outside.
sp. sedge isn't the most attractive plant, but it's still growing with new leaves and new roots. This thing stays more or less evergreen through the winter. I want to try out more native Carex
this way and try to find some better-looking ones.
The walking fern (Asplenium rhizophyllum
) still looks very good, but I haven't seen much new growth from it for a couple of months. This really isn't the best kind of habitat representation for this cool native plant. If I were to use a lot of it I think I would get some nice rocks from vivariumworks.com.
The native maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum
) still looks pretty good, but as it grows new leaves they just keep getting smaller and smaller. It might need a winter dormancy. I'm not sure.
Here's the whole deal after I replanted it. I'm not crazy about the new plants that I got and I might try again.