GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler
The Hydrangea, macrophylla, is widely used in our area. It comes from Japan, has an asymmetrically rounded growth habit, growing 4-6 feet high and as wide. It does well as a landscape shrub or in a container. The eastern side of the house is usually the best location, to avoid the hot afternoon sun. This plant likes a well drained, porous soil, feed periodically with a balanced fertilizer. The plant can be pruned just above a node, remembering that next year’s flowers will grow on the new growth of the old stems. To get the biggest flower clusters, reduce the number of stems per plant; for numerous medium and smaller clusters, keep more stems.