A simple plant combo recipe emphasizing textural contrast of two plants, this green-on-green planting scheme is an easy planting combination to replicate in your woodland garden.
The Pacific Northwest native sword fern (Polystichum munitum, Zone 6 to 9) is a tough and reliable evergreen fern. It is complemented by the bold foliage and ivory-colored panicle blooms of the Roger's flower (Rodgersia pinnata, Zone 4 to 9). This is a handsome and easy-care addition to a shade garden. The Rodgersia needs afternoon or dappled shade and consistent summer moisture to look its best, but it can tolerate full sun if planted in wet or waterside conditions. In the Pacific Northwest, the sword fern is quite flexible in terms of its growing conditions. It appreciates shade and some summertime moisture but can be remarkably drought and sun tolerant.