Hydrangea is the perfect plant for Whatcom County!
With gigantic flower heads,hydrangeas brandish an old-fashioned charm that is hard to forgo. Colors also lure with clear blues, vibrant pinks, frosty whites, rose, and lavender.
The VW home & garden hydrangeas love rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Add compost to enrich poor soil. Our hydrangeas prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, they also will grow and bloom in partial shade.
Make sure to plant in spring or fall. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. Set the plant in the hole and fill it half full with soil. Make sure to water thoroughly. After the water has drained, fill the rest of the hole with soil. Then water thoroughly one more time. Space multiple hydrangeas about 3 to 10 feet apart for best visual effect.
How to Prune a Hydrangea
Many of our customers have asked us about pruning their hydrangeas. And no wonder it’s perplexing! It depends on the variety of hydrangea. The variety that we sell here at VW Home & Garden is the Bigleaf variety, (H. macrophylla) also called the “Mophead” with the big snowball-size blooms.
Flower buds actually form in the late summer and flower afterward the following season, so avoid pruning after August 1. Only cut away dead wood in the fall or very early spring.
To prune, cut one or two of the oldest stems down to the base to encourage branching and fullness. If the plant is old or neglected or damaged, prune all the stems down to at the base. You’ll lose the flowers for the upcoming season, but also overhaul the hydrangea for future years.
It’s best not to deadhead (removing worn-out blooms) on the big mopheads; leave them over the winter and cut them back in early spring (to the first healthy pair of buds).