The Japanese Painted Fern is ideal for shady areas in your garden. The leaf or frond looks like it has been painted with burgundy veining and lighter colous, giving it almost a metallic look.
This subtle variegation helps the plant stand out, making a stronger statement in shady areas. It looks especially nice planted with other shade loving perennials like hostas, astilbe and coralbells.
Japanese Painted Ferns like a lot of rich humus in the soil. When you fertilize, mix a solution that's half the recommended strength.