Not every planting in my garden is well-planned. One season I was running out of time and nursery grown annuals, but still had one empty pot left to fill on the main dining patio. I took the last magenta New Guinea impatiens, grabbed a Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) waiting for a more permanent installation, and pulled up some spreading hostas (Hosta 'Clausa') from under the Kousa dogwood. They filled the pot and looked fine.
I never expected the planting to last more than one season. However, several years later, the fern has grown and the hostas have spread, leaving no room for annual additions. I love the white-tinged fern fronds peeking out from the solid-green, ribbed hosta leaves.
This unlikely pair, combined on a whim, is destined to be together (as long as the pot holds out).