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Different types of hydrangeas

NEW HYDRANGEA 2024 INTRODUCTIONS

I am patiently (??) waiting for the snow to melt and have begun to consider where I can put some of the new hydrangea introductions that will be showing up in a few short months. As you might expect, there are dozens of them. Big Leaf Hydrangeas Two new Hydrangea macrophylla (big leaf) varieties could…
Bigleaf Hydrangea flower in winter

GARDENING IN WINTER

We are in the middle of a frigid cold spell (a little redundant?) with a promise of milder temps at the end of the week. Even with the upcoming mild weather I know it’s too soon to do any serious gardening. But the pull to be outside is irresistible. So, I took a brief walk…
Hydrangea Paniculata 'Dragon Baby' in garden container

BRINGING YOUR CONTAINERIZED HYDRANGEAS IN FOR WINTER

If you have hydrangeas in containers bringing them in for the winter is something to consider. A lot depends on the container you have, your growing zone, and the kind of hydrangea you want to protect.
Statue of boy in snow

PREPARING HYDRANGEAS FOR WINTER

  We have had rain of biblical proportions the last few weeks, making my soil nice and soft: perfect for preparing hydrangeas for winter. Specifically, it’s time to think about insulating susceptible bigleaf (macrophylla) and mountain (serrata) hydrangeas. Those that aren’t planted in protected locations as I described in my other blog posts, HERE and…
Dark flowered daylily used as companion plant for white flowered hydrangea

TRANSPLANTING HYDRANGEAS

Now that we are on the cusp of September, I am organizing my plans for transplanting several hydrangeas. Plus I need to put in several new plants so I can trial them for a few years and report back to you on their progress.
Collage of different types of hydrangeas

AUTUMN HYDRANGEA CARE

For gardeners in the Northern hemisphere, we are coming into the home stretch for considering autumn hydrangea care. Where I garden in US Zone 5b, we are almost out of time by mid-August. But if you garden where it is warmer, you have a few more weeks. Here’s what to keep in mind.
Hydrangea flowers in a vase

HYDRANGEAS AS CUT FLOWERS

Right about now, you are probably cutting hydrangea flowers for bouquets. Except that your beautiful flowers droop in the vase within a few hours of being cut. ARGHH@!! So what’s a hydrangea-lover to do? Let me share what I learned a while back about hydrangeas as cut flowers.

PRUNING AND FERTILIZING HYDRANGEAS MID-SEASON

Pruning and fertilizing hydrangeas mid-season is something you should consider. In my part of the U.S. this is my final seasonal opportunity to give my hydrangeas their last cuts and food for this year. Maybe for you too.
Japanese Beetles on Hydrangea Leaf

HYDRANGEAS AND JAPANESE BEETLES

Have you found any Japanese Beetles on your hydrangeas yet? I have and I am not surprised. If you follow the Growing Degree Day (GDD) science, you know that these pests appear anywhere from 950-2150 GDDs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with GDDs, here’s a good site/link for you from University of Maryland…
Audience listening to speaker

HYDRANGEA TALK TOMORROW, JUNE 24

Just a quick note to remind you about tomorrow’s LIVE HYDRANGEA TALK at White Flower Farm.   We have decided to move the discussion indoors in view of the weather forecast.