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Hydrangea Myths Dispelled

Fine Gardening - Issue 189

Here are some common myths surrounding hydrangeas as well as the truths that will shine some light on what to do if you’re faced with these circumstances. See our picks for best new hydrangeas.

Myth: In Zone 6, bigleaf hydrangeas are the best bet.

If you live in Zone 5 or even Zone 6, bigleaf hydrangeas aren’t the best choice—despite what the plant tag might say. With spring weather becoming more and more unpredictable, the likelihood of your plants blooming to their full potential is low. The buds, set on the previous year’s growth, frequently get zapped by a late frost or dip in the mercury, and this results in zero blooms. Even newer varieties of H. macrophylla that set buds on new growth can struggle, since their vegetative growth is hindered by cold springs. This results in smaller plants with fewer stems and, in turn, fewer (if any) blooms.…

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