A Fern Question

Hello all, We are thinking of purchasing a type of fern to use as groundcover for our back yard.
Currently our back yard gets plenty of shade from two very large maple trees close to our farmhouse.
Most of the ground does not have any grass and is weeds, some tree roots, earth and moss.
We would like to plant about 10 to 20 small ferns in the fall.
Please advise if the type of fern below will take in this environment.
Athyrium-niponicum
Japanese-Painted-Fern
Many thanks, Eddy
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your zone is important. I love the J. painted ferns. they brighten up a dark area. I would mix them with some silver splashed hostas. they are compatible plants. Ingrid

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My zone would be:
5A
The Catskill region of New York state.
Would these ferns be good for that climate?
Thank you.
Eddy
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long eddy wrote:

I'm in zone 4 and I have Japanese painted ferns that are a couple of years old. You're in a little milder climate than I am; they should do fine.
Bob
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mine are in a container in zone 5a and are doing great. Ingrid

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I don't know if they would be considered "small" but autumn ferns are about a hardy and as care free as ferns get. They have great variation in leaf color and do well in full shade or with a little sun.
c
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Hard to say. I planted 5 different ferns in my shade garden and wooded area. Two kinds eventually died, one is just existing, and two other kinds took off and grew so well that I divided them and created a groundcover. One of these stays green during the winter, the other (giant) fern dies back to the winter ground to return in early spring. My pachysandra, lily-of-the-valley, and English ivy have grown into very nice ground covers too, although the deer keep trimming back the ivy.
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Phisherman wrote:

♪ ...liddle lamzy divey! A kiddley divey too. ♫ HTH :-)
Best regards, Bob
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