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Collage of different types of hydrangeas

LATER SEASON HYDRANGEA CARE

We are coming into the home stretch for what to do w/your hydrangeas in the later part of the season. 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.
Collage of different types of hydrangeas

HYDRANGEAS: IDENTIFY WHAT KIND YOU HAVE

I am often asked to help someone identify what kind of hydrangea they have. Many people have plants that they inherited when they bought their home, or someone gave it to them, or they lost the tag, etc. You may wonder why this matters. It matters ‘cause in hydrangea-land you treat different kinds of hydrangeas…
Big leaf hydrangea flowers to be deadheaded

DEADHEADING HYDRANGEAS: THE DETAILS

This is the time of year when many gardeners wonder about deadheading their hydrangeas. Like everything else about this shrub, what you do depends on the type of hydrangea you have and what you want to achieve. Let’s dig down into the details.

Hydrangea Pruning Mid Season

Now that we are in mid-season, it’s time to prune your big leaf and mountain hydrangeas for the last time this season.  IMPROVE YOUR PLANTS’ LOOK Does your plant look like this where the new growth from this season is hiding the flowers?   If you want to reveal those flowers, now is the time…
Fertilizing hydrangeas early summer

FERTILIZING HYDRANGEAS IN EARLY SUMMER

I have spent the past 2 days fertilizing my hydrangeas. Which ones, you ask. Well, read on about Fertilizing Hydrangeas In Early Summer.
Big Leaf Hydrangea in Garden Setting

HYDRANGEA STATUS LATE SPRING

Finally, it’s here. The hydrangeas in USDA Zones 5 and 6 are not only showing buds, but flowers have begun to emerge on some varieties. So it’s time for a status check for this season’s hydrangeas.
How to Prune A Bigleaf Hydrangea

TIME TO PRUNE OLD WOOD HYDRANGEAS

It’s finally time to prune your old wood hydrangeas. This is in addition to what I wrote in February of this year about hydrangea pruning. At that time I wrote it was safe to prune your panicle and woodland hydrangeas in late winter. If you haven’t already done that, get going unless you live in…
Blooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

TRANSPLANTING HYDRANGEAS WHEN AND HOW TO DO IT

A typical activity this early in the season is transplanting hydrangeas. I just finished doing some of that myself and, like you, hope that my hydrangea will like its new home. So here’s what I recommend you do if you are in the same boat.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'FairtrailBride' displays a unique cascading growing habit

HYDRANGEAS FOR CONTAINERS

One area that always comes up in my hydrangea talks is how to use hydrangeas in containers. We see them all the time, but what exactly do you need to know to get that look?
Orange daylilies and variegated phlox as companion plants for blue flowered hydrangeas

HYDRANGEA COMPANION PLANTS

Now is the time to think about hydrangea companion plants you can add to your garden. Why now? Despite the arrival of spring, if you go out and start working in the garden you can do more harm than good. When you walk on “spring wet” soil, you can crush the crowns of your grass…