Advice on pruning hydrangeas

Beckie Fox

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?

Hydrangea macrophylla flowers on old, second-year wood. (Photo by Joanne Young)

When and how to prune hydrangeas?

Judith Adam

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?

Hydrangea macrophylla `Masja’ (Photo by Joanne Young)

How to dry hydrangeas

Beckie Fox

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.