Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Prune Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Hy­drangeas come and go in pop­u­lar­ity. The in-crowd at present favours Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata, a big fel­low with round-ended con­i­cal blooms that dom­i­nate the wood­land gar­den in late sum­mer. Although some hy­drangeas are a lit­tle del­i­cate, so that we leave the pa­pery flow­ers on un­til May, H. pan­ic­u­lata is made of sterner stuff and should be pruned now. This shrub obeys the golden rule of prun­ing: the harder you prune, the more growth it pro­duces. What’s more, the flow­ers will be big­ger, too, so reach down with your se­ca­teurs and prune right back to within a few buds of ground level.

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