Something other than ferns?
I'm planning on pulling up more of the lawn. This will be about a 20'x 30' area in partial shade, bordered on one side by the pool cage, the other by the living room, and the other two sides will have cement pavers. I was planning on putting in a bed of Boston fern (I have one on the other side of the house, and love it), but thought another fern may be more appropriate, or maybe not a fern at all, some other sort of ground cover. Any suggestions? This bed will be the view out the back of the house, and from the pool cage. I want something that will spread fairly quickly, has year-round interest, and will tolerate being flooded occasionally (two downspouts drain here). I'd like something with a somewhat formal look, as the yard beyond this is more "casual" (read "unmowed field").