Hydrangea – Blooming Problems

Q: What happened to the hydrangeas this year? I have many hydrangeas in my yard that have bloomed for years and this year some did and some didn’t. All these plants look very healthy, and are growing like gang busters.

A: I think the deep freeze in mid-January killed lots of bloom stems on plants that were more exposed than others. In my own landscape, hydrangeas that were covered by overarching tree limbs are blooming beautifully now. Those that are more in the open are full of leaves but show no blooms. As long as your shrubs are healthy and we don’t experience severe winter temperatures they should bloom next summer. Don’t forget that ‘Endless Summer’ and other cultivars can bloom even after a winter freeze. Consider replacing some of your shrubs with these reblooming varieties.