Half circle raised garden w/a large Japanese Maple lording over all (i.e. very shady). Put in two Christmas ferns last spring - they survived, stayed alive , but didn't thrive....... added two Autumn ferns last fall and they've done the same, survived and nothing more.
This spring I did cut back all the winter weary fronds and saw re-growth - the fiddleheads were encouraging - but only a few on each plant. Now the whole group is pretty pathetic .... will they continue to shoot new fronds or is this it?
Should I stand by them or cut my losses?