One of the nice features of Sue Olson's recent talk for the Hosta Society and the WHPS (and of her handout) is that she emphasized what ferns are drought-tolerant versus those that need average moisture or even boggy conditions. It helped me figure out why certain ferns are doing well and why others are not growing the way I think they should be.
Here's a ruffled Hart's Tongue fern growing under River Birch trees.
This Christmas fern is growing under a Sugar Maple. The great thing about these "evergreen" ferns is that they will look good until buried by snow. In the spring, the flattened fronds remind me of the fern's location so I don't try to plant something new in that same spot.
Though she did not mention Dryopteris felix mas 'Linearis Polydactyla', it is one of my favorite ferns. It's drought tolerant, always looks good, lasts til late in the season and grows multiple crowns making it easy to divide. Also known as fish-bone fern.
Sue sells ferns as well as having written the definitive book on the subject.