I'm always suggesting that you can actually divide hydrangeas and that it is an efficient, easy way to get more plants and/or cut down on the size of the plant.
I wish I knew which hydrangea this is, but it is a very nice Macrophylla that I've been using in a pot for a while. It's gotten to be too big for the pot, so I sharpen up my snips and went to work.
I used a hose to wash away the soil in the plane I wanted to cut the hydrangea. I basically cut from the bottom of the plant up and it took a little effort when I got to the very woody portion at the crown level. So I brought out the big guns and got my lopers to finish the job.
I ended up with a lot of roots that were cut off and those have been ripped off in this picture by the time you see it. I potted up the two halves and the plant never gave any sign of any sort of shock. Doesn't hurt that it hasn't stopped raining since I divided it.
three photographs stacked on top of each other, a large 142K file.
The first is the two halves.
The second is one half and I really wanted you to see all those fat buds at the crown level. I'm always saying that it's those buds ( " old wood") that could be the source of the flowers people will many times proclaim to be from new wood because they're coming from the crown level, not from last years canes. But I digress...
And a picture of one half of the plant about a week later to show you how happy it still is...
Unlike me who is tired of this rain!!!