Even experienced gardeners may hesitate before picking up secateurs to prune their hydrangeas. Some types are pruned now, some later, some rarely — which is which? The timing of pruning depends on the species. Those that bloom on new wood, such as smooth or mountain hydrangea (H. arborescens) and panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata), are pruned early. Oakleaf; climbing; and … [Read more...] about Advice on pruning hydrangeas
Margaret in Kingston, Ont., asks: I have just read an article on hydrangeas, saying that some hydrangeas flower on the old wood? Eureka! Is pruning mine back each spring the reason why the bush has luscious green growth, but no flowers? In spring there are dead-looking buds on the branches from which flowering growth comes, but should I then be protecting the bush in the … [Read more...] about When and how to prune hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas are one of the easiest flowers to dry, and given their size, you need only a few to fill a table arrangement or decorate a wreath. Drying hydrangeas Cut when the blooms are partially dry and slightly papery — usually between August and October. If cut too soon, the blooms will wilt and not dry; cut too late and they will be brown and less attractive. There are … [Read more...] about How to dry hydrangeas