Best Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden - Japanese Painted Fern - Name: Athyrium niponicum pictum Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter Plant Size: To 1 foot tall and wide Zones:
Plant Japanese Painted Fern - Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' for its dramatic foliage in the shaded garden. The dark, blue green central rib of each frond fades to silver at the edges. Excellent as foreground foliage and ideal for pots.
fronds liberally dappled with silver, burgundy, and green. Plus, it's a low-growing, slow-spreading plant : 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga or 'Green Spice' coralbells -- all have silvery and purple tones in their foliage.