added by kingcobragolf88
(12 months ago)
Back in a shadier spot, you may recognize what's become a new garden classic, Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8). Though this fern is dazzling in silver, it emerges in spring a vivid deep purple — a bonus by any standard. Painted fern prefers average to moist, well-drained woodland soil, but it will take moderately dry shade just fine or a bit of sun if the soil is damp. This one grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, and it's a winner in almost any garden.