Progress on the Hydrangea Hedge

I have always wanted a blue hydrangea hedge at the side of the house.

In 2013 before the excavation for the renovation the Nikko blue hydrangeas were filling in on the east side of the house.
In 2013 before the excavation for the renovation the Nikko blue hydrangeas were filling in on the east side of the house.

After the new additions were built we returned our few Nikko blue hydrangeas planted to the east side of the house.

The hydrangea cuttings are planted.
The hydrangea cuttings were planted a year ago in September.

I took cuttings with the hope of producing more plants.

The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.
The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.

They also were planted well-spaced on the same side of the house.

From above the hydrangeas appear lined up.
From above the hydrangeas appear lined up.

This year, though they are still small, these hydrangea plants seem healthy.

The hydrangeas have grown to multiple leaves over the past year.
The hydrangeas have grown to multiple leaves over the past year.

Next year they should be doubled in size.

What shrub do you admire?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Progress on the Hydrangea Hedge”

  1. Wow they have really taken well. A few years ago my husband was working for a few months in the Azores. I went and joined him there. Such beautiful islands covered in hydrangeas. Hedges for miles on end out in the country dividing fields on farms purely from hydrangeas, they were so stunning, it was an incredible sight.

    1. I am so delighted with the progress.. However, blue oak leaf hydrangea starts on the front of the house have all died. I’ll try again. I think part of the success is that they are in the perfect spot sun/shade-wise. Jo

  2. Hydrangeas are beautiful in spring, summer and into fall, but they make me sad in winter when the turn into bare sticks poking out of the ground. I think I planted mine in the wrong spots became they are not growing much at all. They’ve been in the ground for four years now and are barely bigger than they were when I put them in.

  3. Your cuttings are doing well! I think the saying is that first year new plants sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.

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