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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…
Think Before Pruning Old Wood Hydrangeas

HYDRANGEA PRUNING IN LATE WINTER

Thinking about hydrangea pruning in later winter? I know we all get itchy fingers about now, but take a deep breath and step back.

NEW HYDRANGEAS, PART 3

My last two posts covered several new hydrangeas you are likely to meet this year. Here is part 3 with details on a few more. I also provide some links: one is for a new study on woodland/smooth hydrangeas that you may find useful. The second link will take you to an excellent article on…
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Heart Throb' has blood red flowers

NEW HYDRANGEAS COMING THIS YEAR

As I promised in my last post of 2021, here is the second installment about new hydrangeas that are coming to  local garden centers in 2022. Some are newer than others, but since it takes a while to build up stock, it also takes time to get them out into gardeners’ hands.
Hydrangea Arborescens Incrediball Holding Up To Snow

NEW HYDRANGEA INTRODUCTIONS

I woke up yesterday morning to this lovely winter scene. Not much of a surprise as I DO live in zone 5B. Since I am already in the holiday spirit, this “mood” snow got me thinking about how some of the new hydrangea introductions for 2022 will fit into my garden and winter view.
Big Leaf Hydrangea being wrapped for winter

HYDRANGEA WINTER PROTECTION

I woke up to a very dark 44 degrees F this morning, a stark reminder that I need to get organized to do some hydrangea winter protection. Those that aren’t planted in protected locations as I described in an earlier blog post need a little help if I want to give them their best chance…
Several hydrangeas of different colors

CHANGING THE COLOR OF YOUR HYDRANGEAS

If your ground isn’t frozen yet (in the Northern hemisphere) or you haven’t wrapped your hydrangeas for winter (maybe you’re not doing that anyway), now is the best time to work on changing the color of your hydrangeas. Many big leaf (Hydrangea macrophylla) and mountain (H. serrata) flowers can be changed to either blue or…