Japanese Painted Fern adds a fine texture to the mix.  It also offers a new color; the silvery-green fonds are flushed with burgundy-purple, adding depth and dimension. Happily, Japanese painted fern is slow-growing, so it won't take over the garden in the way some old-fashioned ferns can.  Name: Athyrium niponicum pictum  Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter  Plant Size: To 1 foot tall and wide  Zones: 5-8

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Japanese Painted Fern adds a fine texture to the mix. It also offers a new color; the silvery-green fonds are flushed with burgundy-purple, adding depth and dimension. Happily, Japanese painted fern is slow-growing, so it won't take over the garden in the way some old-fashioned ferns can. Name: Athyrium niponicum pictum Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter Plant Size: To 1 foot tall and wide Zones: 5-8

Japanese painted fern. Additional fertilization may be a light application of pelleted fertilizer or liquid plant food at half strength.  Trim back browning fronds as needed.

Japanese painted fern. Additional fertilization may be a light application of pelleted fertilizer or liquid plant food at half strength. Trim back browning fronds as needed.

Japanese painted ferns are colorful specimens that brightens the part shade to shady areas of the garden. Learning where to plant…

Japanese Painted Fern Plants – How To Care For Japanese Painted Ferns

Japanese painted ferns are colorful specimens that brightens the part shade to shady areas of the garden. Learning where to plant…

evergreen Asarum europeaum, Hosta 'June,' Hakonechloa 'All Gold,' and the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium

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evergreen Asarum europeaum, Hosta 'June,' Hakonechloa 'All Gold,' and the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium

Japanese Painted Fern has a short, spreading habit that looks great planted in a low trough set in a bright, but not hot and sunny window. Silvery-blue fronds adds a bit of light to indoor plantings. Like it’s red-hued cousin, a bit of a challenge, but a wow, too. Zone: 5 – 8

Japanese Painted Fern has a short, spreading habit that looks great planted in a low trough set in a bright, but not hot and sunny window. Silvery-blue fronds adds a bit of light to indoor plantings. Like it’s red-hued cousin, a bit of a challenge, but a wow, too. Zone: 5 – 8

Botanical Name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' PP15072  Form: Herbaceous perennial  Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade  Height/Habit: 8 - 10"  Spread: 18 - 24"  Spacing: 18 - 24"  Hardiness Zone: Zones 5 - 8

Botanical Name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' PP15072 Form: Herbaceous perennial Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade Height/Habit: 8 - 10" Spread: 18 - 24" Spacing: 18 - 24" Hardiness Zone: Zones 5 - 8

From a blog post with tips on underplanting trees --  Select a palette that relies on several key plants, with a few others as punctuation. The late-spring-to-fall palette under my oldest magnolia is glossy European ginger, yellow Hakonechola macra ‘All Gold,’ Japanese painted ferns and Hosta ‘June,’ with a couple of young ‘Lime Rickey’ heucheras picking up the gold grass.

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From a blog post with tips on underplanting trees -- Select a palette that relies on several key plants, with a few others as punctuation. The late-spring-to-fall palette under my oldest magnolia is glossy European ginger, yellow Hakonechola macra ‘All Gold,’ Japanese painted ferns and Hosta ‘June,’ with a couple of young ‘Lime Rickey’ heucheras picking up the gold grass.

Athyrium niponicum “Pictum” fern has cool, grey-green, almost silvery, foliage and reddish-purple stalks that are useful for brightening dark spots in borders. (dog safe)

Athyrium niponicum “Pictum” fern has cool, grey-green, almost silvery, foliage and reddish-purple stalks that are useful for brightening dark spots in borders. (dog safe)

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