Hydrangeas forum: Need help on how to care for this beautiful hydrangea

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darvasimeli
Sep 1, 2017 11:57 AM CST
I'm very new to gardening. I just moved into a new house with some wonderful plants. One of them is this giant hydrangea bush (not sure what kind it is) that is now overtaking the side of the house. This picture was taken yesterday.
I read that it needs to be pruned in the fall, however do I need to cut it all the way to the ground? Will it grow back?? Or should I just trim it? It's beautiful and would hate to ruin it. I surely appreciate any advice. Sorry for being such a novice. Thanks!
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crawgarden
Sep 1, 2017 7:19 PM CST
It looks like a paniculata or arborescens, great looking plant!
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NJBob
Sep 1, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Stunning plant. I would say the least pruning you should do is take off all the old flowers in Winter or early Spring and at that size the most I would do is bring it down to around 3 foot.

guyground
Sep 5, 2017 6:49 AM CST
It looks like hydrangea limelight, though even bigger than a typical limelight so I wonder if there are 2 limelights in there.

Anyway, it got that size cause the previous owner just let it go never touched it.

If its encroaching too much on the walkway, feel free to prune some of the branches back that are encroaching end of winter/early spring.


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luis_pr
Sep 9, 2017 1:33 AM CST
Talk about perfect for hiding an air conditioner or something else that the home owners association wants out of sight! Hee hee hee. Rolling on the floor laughing

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