This fern is deciduous so all its fronds will die back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again each spring. Position: full or partial shade; Soil: moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil; Rate of growth: average; Hardiness: fully hardy This is the lady fern, with graceful, bright green, filigree-like leaves. One of our recommended plants, it looks great planted in bold swathes with other shade-loving plants in a sheltered, shady woodland edge, shrub or mixed border. It is deciduous, and begins to look tatty in the autumn, so try it among evergreen ferns or late-flowering perennials; Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. In cold areas in late autumn protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken.