Is it possible to keep climbing hydrangea less massive?
CT, Zone 5, United States
Several of the front walls of my brick house have large climbing hydragea growing on them. They are very healthy and quite nice (and, fwiw, don't seem to be hurting the brick).
I like the blooms fine, but I wonder if it is possible to train/prune them to keep them closer in to the wall. Right now they mass out about 2.5 feet away from the wall.
I asked a horticulturist who was doing some other work around the house for his opinion, and he went right and ahead and cut some of them back without asking! You can see in the photo the one he cut is rather bare in the middle, exposing the brick. The others are so deep from the wall that they are really making the peonies and floxgloves suffer. All of this was here when I moved in, I'm just trying to get ahold of it all!
- 13 Sep, 2009