See photos attached. My ferns have sometimes done this before and came back the next year, but this seems more extensive and earlier than before. The die-off seems to go from the base out, and they flatten. They grow under a canopy of evergreens, with plenty of open air around them. They get late afternoon sun. Do you know what might be causing this, whether I should do anything about it, and whether it will affect other plants? Sharon Harrington
The ferns may have suffered earlier than other years due to our recent stretch of hot, dry weather.