Plants in this fern family are some of the most architecturally interesting evergreen ferns for the woodland garden. The finely dissected evergreen fronds arch gracefully, creating mounded plants. As the fronds arch, they also appear to swirl around the center of the plant, creating a whirlwind effect. The soft green foliage looks good throughout the season and almost asks to be touched. Soft shield ferns can be planted singly with other woodland perennials or used as a mass planting to soften a large area. They also combine well with hellebores, hostas, Brunnera and epimediums as well as with broadleaf evergreen shrubs such as sarcococcas and rhododendrons. They can also be sited among rocks or logs to bring attention to their unusual foliage. Grows 2'-3'.