I used to have a thing against ferns. They somehow seemed boring to me and I refused to plant any of them. Over time, my ideas changed and I started wanting some more filler for shady areas. Not to mention that ferns are so easy to grow and come in so many shapes. This is one I have growing between my azaleas in nearly full shade. It merrily marches along and takes whatever comes its way. It has a nice burgundy color to its leaves with a silvery sheen. Put one in a pot for a shady porch or in the ground in a shady bed and the Japanese Painted Fern will provide color and texture for many years.