Andrew Keys
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')
 

Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')

Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'). Photo: Andrew Keys

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Andrew Keys added this to 6 Stunning Silver-Leaf Plants
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.
Grays are fabulous for a shady garden, particularly in lighter shade. A painted fern or gray-leaf astilbe will light up a shady spot in your garden.
Botanical name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictumCommon name: Japanese painted fernOrigin: Eastern AsiaWhere will it grow: Hardy to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 3 to 8; find your zone)Water requirement: Consistent moisture is best for optimum growthLight requirement: Partial to full shade; can tolerate more sun in moist soilMature size: 1½ feet tall and 2½ feet wideBenefits and tolerances: This fern is deer and rabbit resistant, which is becoming more important in certain areas; it has few if any insect or disease problems; it tolerates heavy shade, partial sun if kept consistently moist, and wet feet

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Japanese painted fern, likes moist soil and lots of compost, deep shade to some shade, 1.5' tall x 2.5' wide when mature
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White (ish) ferns for contrast
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Plantes belles de soir 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.
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LOVE this fern
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I want to plant these next spring
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Oklahoma Drought Tolerant: 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.
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June 16, 2013
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June 12, 2013
Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')
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May 31, 2013
idea for variety and colour but does it need water ? It's a fern....
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May 21, 2013
woodland garden
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Love the fern color!
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May 5, 2013
Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8)
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May 1, 2013
Great silvery plants that can take some shade
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April 28, 2013
for moon garden
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April 25, 2013
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April 12, 2013
This is one of my favorite ferns and we can add it to the back garden
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shade tollerant
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April 7, 2013
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.
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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
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from article "Back in the sun, here's one of my all-time favorites: 'Helene von Stein' lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein', zones 4 to 9). I can't say enough good things about 'Helene.' From a couple of gallon pots, I've divided this plant enough to produce an army in my garden after only a few years."
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Gray
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for under the big ferns by plunge pool
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February 6, 2013
woodland garden plant, well drained, moist, in planter or container with drip
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Gray plant for shade...put something orange with it if possible
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one of my all time favorites
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Love silvery color of this fern
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Shade
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shade
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moon garden ?? may be too hot for Hurricane
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Grays are fabulous for a shady garden, particularly in lighter shade. A painted fern or gray-leaf astilbe will light up a shady spot in your garden.
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its for shade & the color
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for my shady spots
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gray-leaf astilbe for shady spots in garden.
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Painted ferns are the gray colors needed for a shady garden.
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Grays are fabulous for a shady garden, particularly in lighter shade. A painted fern or gray-leaf astilbe will light up a shady spot in your garden.
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September 17, 2012
moon garden or?
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grey color ferns
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum').
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September 16, 2012
grey in shade!
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September 16, 2012
Different kind of fern
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September 16, 2012
Nice change in plants
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September 16, 2012
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September 16, 2012
Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8). shade, average to moist well drained woodland soil
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September 16, 2012
I have two shady spots beside our pond and I have been looking for just the right ferns and this is it.
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September 15, 2012
painted fern or astilbe
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Astilbe
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September 15, 2012
beautiful grey/lavendar hues in painted fern and astilbe
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September 14, 2012
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End of turn-around in shade
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purple and silver and handles the shade - front beds
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August 18, 2012
silver shade fern - Japanese painted fern
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)
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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.
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Japanese Painted Fern
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July 11, 2012
A new garden classic, Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8).
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June 27, 2012
back yard - Susan has some to give us
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June 24, 2012
silver purple fern
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June 23, 2012
Ya know
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June 23, 2012
Silver leaves
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June 19, 2012
Japanese painted fern (shade)
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June 8, 2012
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).
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June 8, 2012
I need more shade plants!
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June 6, 2012
japanese painted fern.....love the dark dusty green and purple
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June 2, 2012
Japanese painted fern - zones 3-8, deep puple in spring, moderately dry shade or slight sun with damp soil, 1-2 ft tall and wide
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May 29, 2012
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
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May 27, 2012
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,
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May 21, 2012
Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8)
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May 18, 2012
"a bit of sun" not a problem, its the "moist" that is a challenge
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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.
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8).
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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
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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.
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Japanese 'painted fern' (athyrium niponicum)
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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
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May 14, 2012
love the silver color
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May 14, 2012
silver shade fern - Japanese painted fern
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8).
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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.
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Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium Niponicum 'Pictum')
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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.
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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.
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Grat white fern !!
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May 13, 2012
I like this plant idea to plant between my yews.....
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May 13, 2012
Amazing plant for north side.
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May 13, 2012
for the rock garden...can I buy it here?
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May 13, 2012
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.
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May 13, 2012
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.
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japanese painted fern zones 3-8 shady
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May 13, 2012
shadier spot, new garden classic, Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8). dazzling in silver, it emerges in spring a vivid deep purple. 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.
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Japanese painted fern
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, zones 3 to 8)
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Japanese painted fern
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shadey silver- back wall?
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May 13, 2012
Beautiful.
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