Hydrangea plants make a great addition to a shade garden, and they can be pruned completely to the ground for the winter to promote new growth for the following season. Plant hydrangeas in the yard with helpful tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing flowers.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to plant a hydrangea. Now, hydrangeas are gorgeous flowers that bloom all summer, and they're great additions to your shade garden. If you live on the coast, you can probably put them in the sun, but if you live inland at all, you definitely have to put them in the shade. Now, my theory is if they look good when you go to plant them, and the leaves are great, then just leave them the way they are. If it looks really ratty, then chop it down, chop a lot of the ratty greenery off, which I've done, and then there's little nodes all over where you can see that there's going to be new growth, so you want to make sure and leave those. So in the winter time, I chop my hydrangeas down almost to the ground as they turn brown and die. And if you're buying a hydrangea and it looks ratty, and you want to transplant it, you don't need to cut it to the ground, I like to leave at least one third of it, because then it will fill in. So when you're planting it, you want good organic composted material, but yet you want good drainage. So you want it to be aged, and you don't want it to be just really, really thick either. And so you want to dig a whole that's a little bit bigger than the plant itself. Now when I'm planting the plants too, I like to help stimulate some growth too, so just by breaking up some of the roots, it'll get it to grow real well again, because if you leave it just a ball, then it's going to take some time for it to grow again. So I just set it right in to the soil. Now, you don't want to cover the stems, you just want to cover it right above where the leaf, or where the roots meet the stems, because if you cover it up too much, too, it'll start to rot. Try to pat it down too, just a little bit, just so it does a little better. So if you live in a cold, or a warm climate, they do well almost any where. And as long as they look green and lush, leave them be, if they look tack, trim them down, a lot of times they will fill right out. And they die back to the ground over the winter in cold climates, so a lot of times when you think you've killed it, it'll still come back. And just give it some water and some time, and you'll have a hydrangea that's beautiful in bloom.
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