Ferns are some of the easiest shade perennials to grow. These native plants add easy-care color and texture to woodland gardens, native plant gardens and shaded areas. The fronds are often used in cut-flower arrangements. Direct Gardening offers a wide selection of ferns for sale in various shades of green. These perennials perform and grow best in partial to full shade and in moist soils. They're good for planting along shaded water features, ponds and streams. They can also be grown in groups or masses. Ferns are deer-resistant plants and are rarely bothered by insect pests or diseases. Most ferns are suitable for gardens in zones 3-8.