Ferns are perfect perennials for adding texture and serene feelings to shaded areas in your landscape or a shade garden. Fern plants have elegant and delicate foliage that gives your garden a cool, verdant finish. They're a perfect complement in woodland gardens or along a shaded walkway. Ferns come in a wide variety of colors and shapes for a unique display in the shade perennial garden. Individual fronds make exceptional additions to cut-flower arrangements and indoor bouquets. Ferns grow well in full shade or partial shade—those areas that receive some direct sunlight for a few hours each day.