It’s late summer–not the time you’re exactly thinking of doing pruning around your yard, is it? Unless you’re battling a shrub that’s taking over your front porch, chances are you won’t think much about pruning until at least this fall (or maybe even next spring). But did you know that late summer is a great time to prune many varieties of hydrangea? It’s true!
Older varieties of hydrangeas–standard mophead and lacecap types–bloom only on old wood, so you’ll need to prune them in late summer or early fall in order to ensure blooms the following season. But unless you’re familiar with the specifics on hydrangeas, you might not even know what the terms “mophead” and “lacecap” mean, much less how to prune them!
Below are the basic types of hydrangea and photo examples of each, along with a brief description of when they should be pruned.