Dryopteris is an attractive, versatile, and robust fern. Use it in your woodland garden or any shady area. There are evergreen and deciduous forms, and, depending on the variety will tolerate dry shade to wet conditions. Most are slow growing, meaning they will stay put! Older clumps can be divided.
D. affinis - tolerates dry shade, 2-3', zone 6
D. x australis - also known as Dixie Wood Fern, 3-4', zones 6-9
D. carthusiana/D. spinulosa - also known as Northern Fern, native, requires moisture and cool nights
D. celsa - requires moist organic soil, native, 2-3', zones 5-9
D. cristata - Crested Shield Fern, performs well in wet areas
D. erythrosora - attractive copper/red new foliage, cultivars include: 'Autumn Fern' and 'Brilliance', variety most commonly found at your local garden center
D. filix-mas - very hardy, native, tolerates dry shade, 2- 3'
D. goldiana - known as Goldie's Fern, one of the largest wood ferns, 3-4', zones 3-8
D. ludoviciana - Southern Shield Fern, evergreen, native, performs well in warmer climates, zones 6-10
D. marginalis - Eastern Wood Fern, evergreen even in colder climates, native, tolerates dry shade, 12-18",
D. wallichinana/Wallich's Fern - requires moist, but not wet, organic soil, 2-4', zones 5-8