My hydrangeas were getting way too leggy and the blooms were so heavy I had to keep tying them up. We have several huge plantings of them around the house.
It kept getting worse – branches were starting to break, blooms were dragging on the ground, walkways were being blocked – so I gave them a severe pruning. I’m hoping I did it before they set their buds for next years blooms. Fingers crossed we get some blooms next year, but I’ll be very happy with bushy growth and verdant green nonetheless.
I really didn’t want to do it as it is nice to have the blooms throughout the fall, but it needed to be done so the next blooms can be enjoyed instead of battled. To make myself feel better I came up with a few ways to keep them around a bit longer.
A giant bouquet by the front door
“Chop and drop” mulch
Not wanting their early demise to be for naught, I am using every last bit of the prunings. The woodier branches are in my chipping pile to be used for pathways in the garden.
Even though the blooms had already started to fade when I pruned, the colors are still quite amazing.
They went from this
I guess some of us just improve with age…