Bareroot hydrangeas the way to go?
Hope you can advise me. I live in a small midwestern town--which means the local garden centers tend to offer just tried and true plants--not some of the newer ones I want to try out. Although I have often planted bareroot roses and know they can "catch up" by the end of the season to potted roses planted at the same time, I was wondering if the same is true for bareroot hydrangeas?
I'd like to get a Pinky Winky and Strawberry Vanilla, but the chances of a local place offering them is unlikely, but I don't want to plant a dinky hydrangea like White Flower Farm offers and then have to wait several years for it to really get going. However, even if I found an online place that offered, let's say, 3 gallon hydrangeas, the shipping costs would be awfully steep. So I was wondering if ordering online bareroot hydrangeas was a reasonable compromise between those two options?
When I get bareroot roses, I plant them rather early in the season--maybe late March or early April. Would a bareroot hydrangea also be planted that early?