How things change. Technology's not limited to the keyboard. Grower geeks tinkered they came up with several hydrangea shrubs capable blooms each year.
Need color? With the right amount of iron additive, pink blooming shrubs can turn a pale blue. A nail will do, but less safe for the soles. An unusual color not oftern found, blue contrasts well with white, yellow, lavender and pink blossoms.
Firestick hydrangeas are especially vigorous, but become top heavy without pruning.
Never cut hydrangea shrubs to the ground in the fall. Allowing the dried blooms to collect fresh snow adds structure and interest far beyond the growing season. In the spring trim back at to notch below the bloom. Shape overzealous branches with a quick snip.
Location? No hot direct sun. Tidy hydies need water, but in moderation once established.
Avoid Oakleaf Hydrangea if deer frequent the yard. Otherwise Oakleaf add strong structure to shade.
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