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GIFTS FOR THE HYDRANGEA GARDENER

‘Tis the season…especially for gifts for gardeners. Unlike other suggestions, these gifts would be well appreciated by hydrangea gardeners.   TOOLS TO CHANGE THE FLOWER COLOR Let’s start with changing the flower color of a plant. Assuming the plant will respond to treatments, you first need a soil test kit, good for all gardeners not…
Statue of boy in snow

PREPARING HYDRANGEAS FOR WINTER

We have had a few nights where the temps have dipped into the high 30s, a sobering reminder that it’s time to prepare hydrangeas for winter. Specifically, it’s time to wrap 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 HERE need…
Hydrangea macrophylla 'FairtrailBride' displays a unique cascading growing habit

CONTAINERIZED HYDRANGEAS AND WINTER

If you live in the northern hemisphere it’s time to think about bringing in your containerized hydrangeas for winter. Here’s what you need to do and when.
Big leaf hydrangea Let's Dance® Rhythmic Blue®

TRANSPLANTING HYDRANGEAS

I am in the middle of transplanting hydrangeas, a common late season activity for me. Has your hydrangea outgrown its space? Maybe it didn’t flower and needs more sun. Or maybe you need to fill a hole somewhere else in your garden. It could be time to move your hydrangea to a better spot. Let’s…
Thirsty big leaf hydrangea

DROUGHT STRICKEN HYDRANGEAS

A drought stricken hydrangea is heartbreaking – at least to me. This summer has had a dramatic impact on hydrangeas. If you didn’t monitor them daily to hydrate them, you might be heading for some losses. Which is what I am reading about and hearing from some of you.
Dried hydrangea flowers in a table arrangement

DRYING/PRESERVING HYDRANGEA FLOWERS

About this time last year, I did a post on hydrangea “Antique Season.” It’s still applicable this year (as it will continue to be). BUT, rather than repeat the post which you can read HERE, I thought I would go one stop further and cover how to dry/preserve those fabulous flowers as they morph into…
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…