Hydrangea Macrophylla Burning Embers Zone 5
Okey Dokey. I posted here a few months ago because I am just outside Chicago, in Zone 5 and last summer I purchased 4 Burning Embers Hydrangea Macrophylla that are supposed to be everblooming.
Well, I posted because last year they didn't grow very much or sport many flowers. I was told to write them off because they wouldn't survive in my area.
Well, it's June now and although they haven't grown much in height or width over last year, they have TONS of flower buds which didn't happen last year.
To add to my confusion last years wood is just sitting there dry looking and lifeless, without any green whereas all the green growth came up from the bottom.
Is this normal?
Can I trim the unsightly wood?
Will it grow very much and if so how can I help it along?
Any help would be appreciated!!! I don't want to give up on these plants, but truthfully I bought them to cover an ugly iron fence across my back yard!