LATER SEASON HYDRANGEA CARE

Collage of different types of hydrangeas

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.

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HYDRANGEAS: IDENTIFY WHAT KIND YOU HAVE

Collage of different types of hydrangeas

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…

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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…

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HYDRANGEA COMPANION PLANTS

Orange daylilies and variegated phlox as companion plants for blue flowered hydrangeas

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…

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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…

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NEW HYDRANGEAS COMING THIS YEAR

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Heart Throb' has blood red flowers

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.

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HYDRANGEA WINTER PROTECTION

Big Leaf Hydrangea being wrapped for winter

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…

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BEAUTIFUL LATE SEASON HYDRANGEAS

Big Leaf Hydrangea In Its Autumn Colors

You have probably heard hydrangeas described as having a beautiful “antique” season of color, the late season. In most cases, the plants being discussed are big leaf (macrophylla) and mountain (serrata) hydrangeas. But don’t discount the oakleaf (quercifolia) and woodland/smooth (arborescens) hydrangeas. Their flowers also change into other colors. More about them later…

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AUGUST: TAKE A BREAK FROM MOST HYDRANGEA WORK

Think Before Pruning Old Wood Hydrangeas

TAKE A BREAK FROM HYDRANGEA WORK If you are in the northern hemisphere and in zone 6 and colder, the beginning of August is the time to take a break from working on hydrangeas that flower on old wood. That translates into big leaf (macrophylla), mountain (serrata), oak leaf (quercifolia), and climbing (petiolaris) varieties.

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