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Hydrangeas are my favorite flower!  

My dear friend and college roomate, Maura Jane, as I like to call her, gave me a beautiful vase for a wedding gift when my husband and I got married.  I like to keep it filled with hydrangeas (when they are in season).

Isn’t this vase beautiful? ¬†It sits on our entry-way table next to a bowl full of sea-shells that we’ve collected from our too-many-to-count trips to Hilton Head Island.
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I wanted to share the tips for growing hydrangeas that I’ve learned online, in books and through experience.

Tips for growing Hydrangeas

1- They like semi-shade or little sun.  If you have them in a sunny area, you must provide them with extra water.   Too much shade or too much sun will cause your plants to suffer.

I know this all too-well. ¬†Last year, my Mom bought me two hydrangeas to plant outside of our house. ¬†I have one plant in semi-shade and its doing well. ¬†I have one in full sun and it has died after its first sumer. ¬† My neighbor has their hydrangeas in mostly-shade and they are thriving and so beautiful! ¬†(Luckily, they share them with me and give them to our boys to give to me… I ¬†hear them telling our boys “Give these flowers to your Mother and tell her that you’ve picked them just for her.” and I gladly accept because they are beautiful!)

2- Water them often, but don’t let them SIT in water. ¬†They like to be in well-draining, deep soil.

3- If your hydrangea is new, you won’t need to do much pruning. ¬†If it is mature, but not growing, you must cut the damaged stem down. ¬†Cut it to the base of the shrub (it it shows no signs of regrowth). ¬†Sometimes this will cause NEW growth by having new shoots grow.

4-¬†Don’t prune or trim hydrangeas in the fall! ¬†The only thing that you will want to do in the fall is to take off the dead flowers. ¬†Just let your hydrangeas die on their own. ¬†If you prune them at the wrong time of year, you will kill next year’s growth. ¬† When spring comes, you can prune them (as tip #3 suggests). ¬†It could be really late in the spring or very early in the summer.

5- This was something very interesting, but did you know that the color of the flowers actually comes from the acid of your soil?

Bonus tip: If you don’t have space for them, plant them in a pot that allows the water to drain. ¬†I am going to do this and keep them on our newly-screened in back porch (thanks to my husband, brother and Dad for building it for me).

I hope that this was helpful to you!

Are you looking for more gardening tips?  Here are a few posts that might be helpful:
Salsa with veggies from your garden
How to feed your family with a garden
10 gardening ideas for kids 

If you have any tips to share, I would LOVE to hear them!  Share them in the comments section or share them with me on Facebook.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Cthanks for tips! Love the blog hopping! I’m added on the bloglovin list…such a fab idea