Athyrium x ‘Ocean’s Fury’ – An unusual cross between Japanese Painted Fern and the Crested Lady Fern which resulted in a silvery-grey foliage cast similar to Athyrium ‘Ghost’. The fronds are crested on the tips and look like a crashing wave as they unfurl. It is herbaceous and prefers evenly moist organic soils. Grows 30-36″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Corydalis quantmeyerana ‘Chocolate Stars’ (syn. C. temulifolia) – A hard to find Corydalis with unique chocolate brown spring foliage which fades to green by summer. The leaf edge is nicely serrated and very pale lavender flowers are borne in early summer. If grown in shade with ample soil moisture, it will not go summer dormant. Grows 12-16″ high and wide. Zone 5.
Asarum europaeum – European Wild Ginger is an often expensive but beautiful groundcover for shade gardens. It has glossy rounded heart-shaped green leaves that spread slowly (but quite dense) and are evergreen in regions with mild winters like coastal BC. The dull purplish-brown flowers are borne May to June and hidden by the foliage. Grows 4″ high by 12-15″. Z5.
Tricyrtis formosana – One of the more common Toad Lilies which produces much needed late summer to early fall colour in the shade garden. It bears exotic looking 1″ white blooms that are heavily speckled in deep maroon from August to September. This native of Taiwan has tapered green foliage and slightly zigzagged stems. Grows 2-3′ high by 18-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Adiantum pedatum ‘Imbricatum’ – A cultivar of Maidenhair Fern that is shorter in stature with deeply cut segments that overlap. It has all the usual attributes of near black stems contrasted by the delicate lime green foliage and leaflets arranged in a fan-like round. This cultivar prefers full shade with evenly moist organic soil. Grows 12″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.