The Q&A Archives: Endless Summer Hydrangea

Question: I have purchased 2 of these and they appear to be dead but acutally have new leaf growth on them. They haven't had any new blooms in a month. Is this normal? What can I do to make them look better? I am currently cutting the dead blooms off and now am just left with alot of dead looking branches and leaves and no pretty flowers. Please help since I am very new to the gardening thing.

Thank you

Answer: I think your shrub will benefit from a little pruning to encourage new growth. Prune all of the stems down by one-third to promote healthy new growth. Endless Summer owes its success to its ability to bloom on new wood as well as old. Many Hydrangeas are perfectly hardy in the north, but late frosts freeze out the buds and they never come into bloom. By repeating over such a long period, Endless Summer avoids that problem, giving you color no matter how icy your spring turned out to be.

These flowering shrubs thrive in part-shade and prefer a moist, woodsy soil enriched with peat moss and leaf mold. For best success, water them well throughout the growing season.

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