zone 7a - Winter Protection? Please help...
I live in Eastern/Central Jersey - about 8 miles from the beach and I have several hydrangeas that I am not sure how or if I should winter protect. First, my Nikko Blue - I have mine on the South corner of the East side of my home, which I hear should be a great spot for it, but does that mean I can skip the WP? How about my re-bloomers; Penny Mac, Forever and Ever (2) and Blushing Bride? I'd like to get the most blooms I can next summer, but I have always been a minimum fuss gardener, so don't want to do more than I need to. Also, how long BEFORE the first frost do I cover them? And what if we have one of those mild November/Decembers like we sometimes do? Are my shrubs going to get tricked into sprouting under there if they get too hot inside their protective homes? Thank you to anyone who can help me with these questions. I've read many posts but I didn't see these topics for my zone covered.