Overwintering Hydrangeas in Pots

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“I want real flowers, perennials which not only grow and change and die, but also rise again and astonish me.  A garden should’t just bloom and look pretty;  it should develop like the rest of life.”  Emma L. Roth-Schwartz

imageVery few flowers ellicit a big dose of nastalgia as the magnificent hydrangea.  This gorgeous workhorse of the summer garden is likely still bringing beauty to your fall garden and planters.  Hydrangeas are my number 1 choice for planter flowers.  I plant them in early spring and they bloom all summer through fall.  I get tremendous bang for my buck with low maintenance appeal.  When transitioning the garden for winter, did you know you can leave any potted hydrangeas to overwinter right in their containers?  Choose frost resistant containers and you can leave the plants in the pots outside.  The leaves will die off, the soil will freeze and the shrub will become dormant just like any hydrangeas in the ground.  If your container is not frost resistant, the hydrangeas can be brought inside an unheated garden shed or garage and the pot laid on its side.  But using frost resistant pots is the easiest solution to avoid having to move heavy containers.  Who has time for another garden chore? Continue reading