Hydrangea – Treating A Gift Plant

Q: I received a beautiful White Robe hydrangea as a gift. I would like to plant it where it will be happy.

A: Hydrangea expert Gene Griffith (www.hydrangea.com) says the company that introduced ‘White Robe’ is known for florist hydrangeas, like ‘Shooting Star’, which don’t do very well outdoors in our region. My mother planted a gift hydrangea near her back door and it has had flowers only once in seven years. The flower buds of florist hydrangeas are too tender for most Atlanta winters. Plant yours where it gets morning sunshine and afternoon shade and see how it does.