Answer: Your climbing hydrangea will bloom on new shoots of the season so if you prune it back, do so in late winter or early spring so it will have time to develop new flowering shoots. It normally blooms in June or July so you should get some flowers next year. A few brown leaves aren't anything to worry about. Since you've only recently planted it, expect some symptoms of stress this summer until the roots become established in their new home. Once that happens, it should grow and bloom beautifully for you. Enjoy!
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