Hydrangeas are definitely one of the queens of the garden and they are so versatile. Eric cannot think of many gardens that he has visited that have not had multiple hydrangeas and he knows they factors heavily into the kind of design Alex likes. Alex agrees, most of their clients feel hydrangeas provide a real sense of nostalgia. Hydrangeas remind Alex of working in his grandmothers garden, the gardens he grew up with. Although not entirely bulletproof they are pretty easy to grow as long as you understand when to prune them. They must be pruned at the right time of year and they must be cited properly with the correct light exposure. He has heard over the years many sad stories about different make lawn maintenance services didn't understand that concept and have pruned them incorrectly. Since most hydrangeas bloom on old wood pruning at the wrong time means no flowers the following spring. The best rule of thumb for any flowering shrub is to prune them when they are in bloom or immediately thereafter. By doing that one almost never goes wrong.
By Justin Hancock, Monrovia Horticultural Craftsman
Photographs courtesy of Monrovia
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