Gardening for Dummies | How-To Plant Hydrangeas

I’ve aptly titled this blog post as “Gardening for Dummies” because we are just that when it comes to gardening; a couple-a dummies. But just like everything else we dive into, Google is always our best friend so we manage somehow.

I love hydrangeas. Not just like…love. It’s been somewhat of an obsession lately because I’ve been dying to plant some at our house for about a year now. I think Andrew is getting sick of hearing me gasp every time we pass a house with hydrangeas while driving around town. I’m sick with hydrangea-envy.

We have a pretty decent-sized garden at the end of our 2nd driveway that was a bit overgrown and messy when we first moved in. Thanks to our friends at  Lawn Ace, we eliminated most of the weeds and any plants that were dead and dying.

DIY and home improvement tips on gardening

Once we had a clean slate on our hands, we worked in drips and drabs to get the garden back up and running again. We tilled the soil, dug up a ton of crazy roots that were growing all over the place and paid close attention to any plants that were still surviving. Our first real stab at gardening was taken a little over a year ago when we planted some hostas. You can read all about planting hostas right here.

Planting hostas in your garden and other DIY gardening tips

We also added some black mulch to really make things pop. I’ve always been a fan of the way black mulch really accentuates landscaping and gardens. We also use Preen which includes weed control. Weeds definitely still make their way through, but not as much as they do sans mulch, so we are always pleased with the results.

So that brings you up to speed with our gardening endeavors so far. Mostly cleanup and then a little addition with some hostas. A few weekends ago when we were shopping at Lowe’s we noticed plenty of hydrangeas for sale so we had to go for it. We bought two, one blue and one pink.

Planting hydrangeas gardening tips

I’ve seen hydrangeas take on this gradient effect with coloring so I’m hoping that these two eventually start making some blueish, pinkish, purple-looking flowers as well. I’ve also heard that hydrangeas are really easy to manage and easy to grow. In addition, the instructions that came with these two indicated that they should be planted in part to full shade…bingo. That’s perfect for a couple of novice gardeners.

It seems like hydrangeas are really the perfect plant if you ask me. They are so pretty – I just love the vibrant colors –  and they will supposedly grow just about anywhere. I think they also look great against the black mulch and they are also seemingly easy to take care of (knock on wood). I’m hoping we can make these last and, if we’re lucky, they will grow to their full potential which is about 4 ft. x 4 ft. That would be amazing.

Now, as promised, a quick how-to for planting hydrangeas…

4 Easy Steps for Planting Hydrangeas

  1. Clear enough space to plant your hydrangeas (about 2 – 4 feet on all sides is preferable from what we’ve read).Planting hydrangeas and other gardening tips
  2. Dig a hole about 2 times the size of the root ball (the plant food-laden ball of soil in which your store-bought hydrangea is growing). You will obviously need to remove the plant, attached to root ball, from the plastic pot it came in.
  3. Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball it is even with the ground.
  4. Fill in around the root ball, tamp the soil and cover with mulch.

It’s literally that easy. Enjoy!

Gardening tips for planting hydrangeas

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Thinking Spring

I’m not complaining, because this winter has been super mild compared to our last two here in New Jersey, but I could use a little Spring right now. It’s actually been pretty warm and bright these past few weeks, but I think I’m missing the lack of color and the extended amount of daylight the most.

To continue our interior door project, Andrew spent this past Sunday afternoon getting the bi-fold doors hung (more to come on that very soon). We usually do all of our shopping together, but I didn’t want to tear him away from the door project and I was sort of idle so I headed out to the stores. When I’m left to my own devices I tend to get a little compulsive I guess, but I’ve been talking about this for awhile…bringing home some fresh flowers. It’s a simple thing, but not something we normally do. However, as I said, the lack of Spring around here had been really getting to me, so I picked up some lilac-colored “Spider Anastasia” while at the store.

Spider Anastasia

Spider AnastasiaIt felt Springy just to buy them and it’s brightening the mood, at least in the kitchen. I had no rhyme or reason with the choice of flower, but I do love the light lilac color and the price of $4.29 may have had something to do with it. 😉

Some other Spring things; we also went to check on the lighthouse at Sandy Hook when some of our friends visited this past weekend.

Sandy Hook lighthouse

You may recall our post about another visit to Sandy Hook from not to long ago. It was super warm out and the clear, bright day offered some great views of NYC.

Sandy Hook observation deck - view of NYCIt may be the “dead of winter” but it sure doesn’t have to feel like it. I guess my natural instincts are kicking in and I’m being tricked into thinking it’s Spring with all the mild weather we’ve been having. Let’s hope we can get away without any big snow storms this year! We’re almost there!

As I said, stay tuned for a post about our bi-fold door installation in our office. Look out for that sometime later this week and if you’re feeling the winter blues, Think Spring; buy some fresh flowers, light a Spring-scented candle, or just get out and try to see a little nature.