More Information About Asparagus
Outside of the edible Asparagus officinalis, the genus Asparagus has been largely relegated to the role of tropical houseplant. Some gardeners even think these lily-relatives are related to ferns because of their common name (Asparagus ferns) and their frilly foliage.
We grow many wonderful Asparagus ferns from China, Korea, and Africa that have proven to be reliable sun garden perennials. We are continuing to experiment hoping to find even more. Asparagus ferns are very durable and extremely drought tolerant in the garden while providing a nice airy textural contrast to the bolder elements of the garden. Some are also salt tolerant plants. Some asparagus ferns, such as Asparagus virgatus make great cut specimens for flower arrangers.
Most Asparagus species are lianas which are a type of semi-woody vine that climb primarily by leaning on its neighbors, often clinging to them with the help of short thorns. Thus, tall plants like Hedychium, Arundo, Bambusa, Polygonum, Aralia and Verbesina would make nice companions. When you are ready to buy asparagus ferns for your garden, check out our list of asparagus ferns for sale.