We're at that awkward time of year – the shrubby hydrangeas are looking really tatty, and at the same time are bursting into life, but it's too early to prune…
They are fully to frost hardy and will prefer sun or semi-shade with fertile, moist but well-drained soil. They will require more shade in dry areas; provide shelter from cold, drying winds. Some hydrangeas become chloritic in shallow chalk soil.
Propogate by softwood cuttings in summer or seeds in spring.
Pests, diseases or disorders
Watch out for powdery mildew, leaf spot, honey fungus and aphids, scale insects and red spider mites.