The Q&A Archives: Thirsty Endless Summer Hydrangea

Question: I planted Endless Summer Hydrangea with the East sun and some west. Is this the proper placement? We have had a drought in our area of Illinois (near Chicago). It does require alot of water-is this normal? I'm new in this arena. Thank you.
Dolores Dover

Answer: It is normal for hydrangeas to drink a lot of water during hot summer weather. The site you describe sounds fine for your plant. Endless Summer is a perpetual flowering big-leaf Hydrangea that blooms virtually all season long. And because Endless Summer can flower repeatedly on new wood, you can be confident that regardless of whether or not the plant dies back to the crown, or is trimmed at the wrong time, you'll still get wonderful flowers that grow all season. Endless Summer is remarkably hardy, even to Zone 4, but if your plant dies down to soil level during the winter, it will send up new flowering stems the following year. There's nothing special you need to do to with your hydrangea this fall or winter; simply cut it back in early spring to remove any winter killed wood. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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