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Fall Planting Guide

Join Natalie Carmolli from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs as she walks you through a complete look at the how, why, what, and where of hydrangeas.

You can also save or print this information in our Hydrangeas Demystified info sheet:

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Join Natalie Carmolli from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs as she walks you through a complete look at the how, why, what, and where of hydrangeas.

You can also save or print this information in our Hydrangeas Demystified info sheet:

Where do you live?

USDA Zones 2-4

Are you planting an evergreen?

USDA Zones 5-6

Are you planting an evergreen?

USDA Zones 7-10

Are you planting an evergreen?

USDA Zones 2-4

Are you planting an evergreen?

plant in spring (ideally by early June)

Are you pushing the hardiness zone of the plant, or does the plant typically get damaged in winter in your area?

  • Yes -> plant in spring (ideally by early June)

  • No -> Do you have plans to be away from home for any prolonged periods this summer, especially during the hottest part of the season?

    • Yes -> plant spring-early summer, or in early autumn (by mid September)

    • No -> plant any time from spring through mid September; pay extra attention to water needs if planting during hot and/or dry weather.

USDA Zones 5-6

Are you planting an evergreen?

plant in spring (ideally by early June)

Are you pushing the hardiness zone of the plant, or does the plant typically get damaged in winter in your area?

  • Yes -> plant in spring (ideally by early June)

  • No -> Do you have plans to be away from home for any prolonged periods this summer, especially during the hottest part of the season?

    • Yes -> plant spring-early summer, or in early autumn (by mid September)

    • No -> plant any time from spring through mid September; pay extra attention to water needs if planting during hot and/or dry weather.

USDA Zones 7-10

Are you planting an evergreen?

plant in early-mid spring or early-mid fall

Are you pushing the hardiness zone of the plant, or does the plant typically get damaged in winter in your area?

  • Yes -> plant in early spring

  • No -> Plant in spring or fall, timing so that the plant has the longest possible growing period without either hot weather stress or cold weather stress.

What you will learn

Pick your favorites from our 50+ different hydrangeas and start growing!

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