Help with Shaggy Shield ferns (is it dying?)
Last Fall I bought two Shaggy Shield ferns from our local nursery. The nursery told me they would do okay if left outdoors during our winters (which have some ice and/or snow, but are relatively mild).
Needless to say, they're looking sad. Most of the leaves are turning brown and I'm not seeing any new fronds (except for one teeny tiny one). I did spot a lot of green nubby something or others at the base of the plant.
Is that new growth ready to emerge?
The ferns are planted on the west side of my house where they get shade until about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. They get plenty of water.
I have other areas in my garden that get more shade, but really liked where these ferns were planted.
Any ideas? I am new to ferns and have no clue what's going on.