Athyrium filix-femina - Lady Fern The lacy 30-36in fronds of this deciduous native species unfurl pale green and turn darker as the season progresses. Equally happy in full sun or shade and not fussy about soil conditions, though it draws the line at swamps and deserts.
Lady in Red Fern (Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red') at the Secret Garden Door. Garden Design & Photography: Michaela Medina - thegardenerseden.com
Lady in Red spreads a bit with each passing season, reaching 3 feet wide within 5 years. The fronds are so delicate and symmetrical in appearance that you might expect this to be a fussy fern, but nothing could be farther from the truth. A hardy native, Lady Fern flourishes despite heat, humidity, and less-than-perfect soil.