How To Support Unruly Oakleaf Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

Nashville, TN
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Question by Rlgwin
June 12, 1999
I have 3 Oak Leaf Hydrangeas which are located against the wall of the side of my house. The plants are very healthy and blooming well, but are falling over onto the various other landscaping plants which are located directly in front of them. How can I contain them with some kind of natural and good-looking support system, so that they will grow up straight and tall and not cover the other plantings located in front of them?

Answer from NGA
June 12, 1999
Oak Leaf hydrangeas are just too large and floppy to fit into a confined space. You can build homemade supports or use a strong poly twine to tie the branches up into a more upright orientation. However, those Oak Leaf Hydrangeas of yours really need to go in a spot where they can sprawl out and look their best.

If you want to grow an Oak Leaf Hydrangea in that location, you might want to try out one of the dwarf types. 'Pee Wee' and 'Sykes' are compact forms only reaching about 3 to 4 ft tall at maturity.

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