Autumn Fern ~ this variety of Autumn Fern (Brilliance) is freakin’ cool. It is an evergreen fern with fronds 2 feet long, and changes color with the temperatures of the season! Coppery in spring, deep green in summer and fiery orange in fall, this plant thrives in even deep shade. It can be planted under trees, and once established after the first year, can get by on neglect. This may be the perfect shade plant!
Fern Autumn Brilliance; Brought this after finding it here on Pinterest. Note that the bronze color is the new growth in the Spring. But it is evergreen and grows in shade! I have it with my purple and variegated coral bells.
For the shade garden | Robust autumn ferns (Dryopteris erythrosora) shown here with the wonderful copper colors of newly unfurled frond | Evergreen, full shade, moist rich soil, 1.5-2'H x 1.5'W, drought resistant, z. 5-9
Dryopteris purpurella (Giant Autumn Fern) - Zone: 5a to 9b, Ht 30", Part Sun to Shade, Origin: Japan, Just imagine an autumn fern on steroids. Dryopteris purpurella fronds can reach 3' or more. This easy-to-grow clumping fern is composed of arching dark green evergreen fronds which emerge bright cinnamon red in spring and summer. (#1085)
I cannot think of two more rewarding shade plants than the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum,' and the autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance.' Why plant flowers that will last for a mere week or two when you can have these guys?