It enjoys a drink now and then but, since it's in shade and close to the house, it doesn't dry out. It arrives in spring in late April and only died back in early December 2015. It's not greedy for space and fills a niche with a gentle look.
Maidenhair fern has long been my favorite of all the ferns, with 'Ghost' fern coming in a close second. Despite the delicate lacy look, maidenhair ferns are extremely tough and hardy here. I planted 50 plugs in the Turtle Garden about three years ago. Starting to fill in nicely now.