Pruning Hydrangeas

Hyndrangea car in MassachusettsHydrangeas, Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas! The  homes on the southcoast of Massachusetts have incredible landscapes from the wooded areas of Lakeville, Freetown, and Berkley, to the coastal towns of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Fairhaven. One common item: Hydrangeas.

The beauty makes it one of the most common attractions yet often homeowners are unsre of what to do for proper maintenance. Here are a few tips:

Here are a few tips on the common types of hydrangeas and their maintenance:

  • Big-leaf hydrangeas, Hydrangea macrophyla: These are the most common species and include the popular mopheads and lacecaps in wide-ranging colors of blue, violet, pink, purple, red and white. They bloom in early summer on old wood, so prune them after flowering.
  • Oakleaf hydrangeas, Hydrangea quercifolia: This native hydrangea features cone-shaped white blooms that turn a beautiful shade of russet in late summer. It, too, blooms on old wood so should not be pruned until after flowering.
  • Panicle hydrangeas, Hydrangea paniculata: Often pruned as tree forms, these shrubs (Tardivas, PeeGees) explode with panicle-shaped white flowers in mid- to late summer. Because they bloom on new wood, prune these in early spring before they sprout new foliage.
  • Hydrangea arborescens, ‘Annabelle’: Featuring globe-shaped blooms in spring that start out chartreuse and later turn white, this variety blooms on new wood as well so prune in early spring.

Don’t forget, you can let our team at G Bourne Knowles worry about pruning for you! Contact us today to learn how we can maintain your yard for you yearly, monthly, seasonally, or on a regular schedule. Call us today!