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Fern, Autumn lifecycle: Perennial  Zone: 5-9  Sun: Full Shade, Part Sun  Height: 24-30  inches Spread: 15-18  inches Uses: Beds, Borders 

from The Garden Glove

7 Gorgeous Shade Loving Plants

Autumn Fern ~ this variety of Autumn Fern (Brilliance) is freakin’ cool. It is an evergreen fern with fronds 2 feet long, and changes color with the temperatures of the season! Coppery in spring, deep green in summer and fiery orange in fall, this plant thrives in even deep shade. It can be planted under trees, and once established after the first year, can get by on neglect. This may be the perfect shade plant!


Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance - A selected form of one of the finest garden ferns, being tough, vigorous, evergreen and colourful. New fronds emerge red-pink in spring, turning bronze then glossy-green, with the sori underneath bright red. Bi-pinnate, triangular fronds reach about 60cm high. Any reasonable soil in semi-shade.

from A Way To Garden

new! slideshow of my 54 top shade plants

I cannot think of two more rewarding shade plants than the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum,' and the autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance.' Why plant flowers that will last for a mere week or two when you can have these guys?


Fern Autumn Brilliance; Brought this after finding it here on Pinterest. Note that the bronze color is the new growth in the Spring. But it is evergreen and grows in shade! I have it with my purple and variegated coral bells.


{ Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' } Easy-to-grow fern. Newly unfolding fronds have a beautiful orange color, aging to deep green while still maintaining the orange color. Striking in shaded or woodland gardens, formal or informal. Evergreen.


Dryopteris purpurella (Giant Autumn Fern) - Zone: 5a to 9b, Ht 30", Part Sun to Shade, Origin: Japan, Just imagine an autumn fern on steroids. Dryopteris purpurella fronds can reach 3' or more. This easy-to-grow clumping fern is composed of arching dark green evergreen fronds which emerge bright cinnamon red in spring and summer. (#1085)