For those with an appreciation for fine outdoor living, no other hydrangea compares to Endless Summer®, the world’s first hydrangea bred to bloom all season long, season after season. No wonder it’s the world’s best-selling hydrangea.
When questions crop up, Garden Gab has your answer. Get valuable tips and answers to common questions or ask your own.
How do I get rid of bugs that are eating my hydrangea leaves?
If the leaves are curling, it’s probably aphids. You can tackle aphids with drenching the leaves with dish soap and water. If there are holes in the leaves, it could be beetles. Pesticides may be effective, but picking them off and dropping them in a pail of soapy water works too. If something is eating just the new leaves, look for signs of slugs. To battle them, pour some beer in a shallow dish and place it in the garden next to the plant.
How do I know if my plant needs fertilizing?
Before you go straight to fertilizing, take a moment to rule out overwatering (damp yellow) or lack of water (crispy or dead). Next look at the foliage for signs of disease or insect damage. Could there have been a drift from a weed killer that might be distorting the foliage? With those things in mind, check for signs that nutrients are lacking. Here’s a helpful guide:
If none of these fit the bill or if you’re not sure, a soil test can help answer questions about missing nutrients. As always, ask your local garden center professional for guidance in selecting the best fertilizer for your soil and plants. That’s what they’re there for!
How far apart should I plant my Endless Summer® hydrangeas?
Spacing your plants depends on the variety and your desired look. If you’d like to create a hedge, plant a bit closer together. And if you like some delineation of lines between the plants, you can add a little breathing room. Each variety also has a different size at maturity, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. For example, Summer Crush® hydrangea matures to 18-36” wide, so you’ll want to plant them roughly 36” on center to give them enough room to breathe. Having space for airflow helps prevent any disease occurrence on the leaves.