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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Hydrangea Paniculata 'Tickled Pink' Mid-Season

If your hydrangeas live in the milder parts of the U.S. and Europe, and the spirit moves you, you can consider pruning only your new wood blooming hydrangeas now. It’s hard to conceive of that when you live where I do. Last March we had 3 Nor’easters. Not only did they bury everything, but the…

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Hydrangea Leaves Stuck Together

Leaves stuck together on woodland/smooth hydrangea

Why are some hydrangea leave stuck together? Take a look at your ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea and any other hydrangea arborescens you may have like Incrediball® or Invincibelle® Spirit. You may notice some of the leaves stuck together and cupped. It looks like these leaves on my Invincibelle® Spirit. Pretty interesting, huh? Don’t panic!

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Last Call To Prune New Wood Flowering Hydrangeas

This is your last call to prune new wood flowering hydrangeas. If you haven’t cut back your hydrangeas that bloom on this year’s stems — your new wood bloomers — you are running out of time. We’re talking about ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas, and all those beautiful Invincibelle® Spirits, Incrediballs®, and other hydrangea arborescens. New wood flowering…

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Time To Prune New Wood Hydrangeas

New wood blooming hydrangea in early spring

Yes, it’s time to prune new wood hydrangeas. Now that it is mid spring and your hydrangeas are dormant or just beginning to leaf out, this is the time to get those clippers out for some of them. When I say some, I mean those that bloom on new wood, the growth they will put on in the…

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