If you've ever tried to plant in the shady part of your garden, you've probably run across ferns. There are literally hundreds of them to choose from with a wide range of plant form, size and always with a beautiful delicate texture. One of my all time favorites is the Japanese Painted Fern. If you'll take a little closer look, you can see how this plant got its name. This plant looks as though it has been meticulously hand painted. This subtle variegation helps the Japanese fern to stand out, making a stronger statement in shady areas. Now if you're looking for a plant that has beautiful foliage as pretty as a bloom, you might give one of these hardy little Japanese ferns a try.