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Dying hydrangeas

can I get some help please? I must be the worst gardener in the world. People tell me hydrangeas are easy to grow and like semi shade or sun. I planted a hydrangea last year, a lace cap , in the back garden . By autumn it was just a stem. Totally dead. One month ago I bought hydrangea blue wave. I planted it in the front garden( North facing but gets afternoon sun) I enclose a picture of it. The leaves are very withered looking and it doesn't look at all well. 


Any advice please as it's very disheartening. I thought it would provide some lovely summer colour to my North facing garden. I can't think what I'm doing wrong. 






  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 152

    You know verdun , honestly I didn't water much as it is in the shade and everything seems to get mould around here. Too rocky under the soil. 


    Do do you think I could save it if I water it? 

    I really wanted to plant a limelight or Annabelle too but I've just had really no luck with hydrangeas. 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,212

    As to the one planted last year, don't forget that they are deciduous plants. It is natural for them to look like dead twigs over winter.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,097

    Jesse - Verdun's right - and the clue is in the name - Hydrangea - the name comes from the same root as hydrate - and indicates that it likes plenty of water (not soaking but damp soil). 

    And I also think that some of the discolouration on the leaves may be due to the cold night temperatures/frosts we've been having lately.  Your hydrangea had probably been kept in more sheltered conditions before you bought it and the cold weather was a bit of a shock for it.

    But don't worry - it's not dead and hydrangeas are pretty tough - give it plenty of water now (not too much but keep the soil moist around it) and I'm 99.9% certain it'll recover.

    Hydrangea Annabelle is gorgeous and so is Limelight!  Go for it image  Any questions just ask - we like helping image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 152

    Really delighted with the hopeful responses. I'm smiling as the hydrangea name never clicked. I have been watching it grow guys but only noticed the blackening and withering today. I think it was fine last week. So maybe the few recent cold nights has done harm.


    dove, I went straight out and gave it a good watering 5 mins ago. When I planted it I put in bonemeal and ericacious compost. I hope I did the right thing? 

    As for last years hydrangea stem, well it's as dead as ever I'm afraid.  So I think I'll try a limelight hydrangea too. Thanks for all the advice guys, God knows I'm needing it. 

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 152

    I assume I don't need to redig the current hydrangea ?  Just make sure the next one is dug in better. 

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 152

    Definitely gonna prepare the next one right. Thanks guys. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,097

    When they're in bloom come back and show us some pics - we like to keep track of our protegees image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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