Choosing an Oakleaf Hydrangea
I'm working with a landscaper who, without telling me, decided to go with a dwarf oakleaf for our front garden bed rather than a regular one. As a bit of background, we plan to be in our house for probably another 5 years, and we'd like our front garden to look a bit mature right now. Thus, I'm concerned about having an 18 inch plant there now. Plus, I'd like the oakleaf ultimately to be between 4 and 5 feet, and I figured that we could simply prune a regular oakleaf to fit that space but get a bigger planting to start.
Thoughts? How quickly do oakleafs get established? I've read it can take a year or even two. Will there be much growth during that period? If not, then I definitely want to go with a regular oakleaf to fill the space. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!