Blue Heaven Newbie in NE OHIO needs help
I planted a 'Blue Heaven' hydrangea early this summer. How do I overwinter it? Cover with oak leaves? Or cover with soil mound? Sorry, I am so new at this! This is my first hydrangea. I actually bought it in New Jersey when I was visiting my daughter. I saw many hydrangea's there, and fell in love with the beautiful blue colors. It is sited in part shade near a hedgeline in my front yard. Do I need to prune down at all before covering? The area gets sun from about 1 pm till 5 or 6 pm now. In the summer it gets a little more till about 7 pm or so. It is shaded by a miscanthus 'gracillimus' about 3 feet away on one side, and I have 3 daylilies planted about a foot and a half away in front of it. The hedges are behind. Or is that too much shade?
Here's a pic of the location. This was taken before planting. The hydrangea is now planted where the black circle is: