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Mass plantings -- more impact, less maintenance. Photo via Three Dogs in a Garden. Pachysandra and ostrich fern.

Ostrich Fern mass planting

from Better Homes and Gardens

21 Easy Ideas to Beautify Your Yard

Brighten Shady Spots Let in the light with shade plants that shine like high-wattage stars. Brian brightens a hillside planting of native bracken ferns with a swath of 'Patriot' hostas. Their big wavy leaves with wide white margins are like lights in the woods. Massed, 'Patriot' delivers high impact.

gorgeous color for shade - hostas, heuchera, and painted fern