Protecting hydrangea in zone 5b Ohio
I've read a lot on this forum about winter protecting hydrangeas, especially hayseedmans thread lol. But, I'm wondering, if I cage the hydrangea with chicken wire and burlap around it (both of which I have already done), do the leaves have to be in plastic bags or can they be loose shredded leaves that I just stuff in there?
Most threads tell of surrounding the plant with those black plastic bags. I could do that but do I have to have the leaves in bags?
This is my first hydrangea and I want to protect it right. It's a F&E Blue Heaven, which I know can die back here and come back next year with blooms, but it blooms on new wood and old, and I would like to try saving the old buds too as our growing seasons pretty short.