Voted 2004 Perennial of the Year, this reliable shade-loving fern is also known as Athyrium niponicum "Pictum." Boasting vibrant silvery-to-green-to-burgundy colouring, this is one of those ever-expanding plants that takes care of itself - a major bonus for lame gardeners. Just keep it moist and in compost-rich soil. $6.99.
Bill's Garden Centre , 903 Pape. 416-466-8283.