Got shade? Liven it up with the colorful fronds of Japanese Painted Fern. This perky spirit makes shady spaces sparkle. Who needs flowers? It works its magic with foliage alone. Each lacy frond is “painted” with a wash of cool mint green, then frosted with an overlay of metallic silver and accented with rich burgundy and purple pigment along the midribs. And you thought ferns were just green! Plant Japanese Painted Fern in a woodland garden or on the north or east side of your home to give it shelter from the hot sun, and it will reward you with lush, bright foliage all season long.