Dryopteris in its many forms, commonly called a wood fern, is a great low maintenance and usually evergreen architectural plant for a shady spot. Make good use of these under taller shrubs and in gaps in the border.
Polystichum setiferum - Soft Shield Fern most architecturally interesting evergreen ferns for woodland garden. finely dissected, arch gracefully fronds swirl around the center, creating a whirlwind effect. foliage asks to be touched. . They also combine well with hellebores, hostas, wild gingers (Asarum), Brunnera, and epimediums. Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group contrast well with broadleaf evergreen shrubs- sarcococcas and rhodo.
Hard Shield Fern Polystichum aculeatum A spreading fern for woodland settings. Bears bright yellowish green fronds in spring that mature to glossy forest green. Ideal plant under shade trees or to cover exposed areas between shrubs. Perfect between boulders in naturalistic water features.
Dicksonia antarctica (Tree fern) Stunning evergreen tree fern, but can be classed as deciduous in colder areas. Very slow growing with a stout ‘trunk’ and rosette of arching dark green fronds which can reach up to 3 metres in length. Very slow growing, often only achieving 30cm of trunk in 10 years. These impressive ferns are thought to be one of the oldest plants in the world, and add a touch of drama and architecture to any garden.