Ferns are wonderful shade plants, adding a lush, woodland look to a shady area. Shown at left is Polystichum munitum, a native fern that grows to two to four feet.
Another excellent fern for our area is Woodwardia fimbriata, also known as giant chain fern, shown at left. Generally, it will grown to about four feet tall and three feet wide. This is also a native.
Dryopteris erythrosora, or autumn fern, is not a native, but does well in our area. It grows to two feet tall. New fronds in spring are a coppery color, then turn green and finally a rusty brown in autumn.