Grow Hydrangeas Without Deer Damage
Grow hydrangeas and enjoy their colorful, billowing blooms without deer interfering. How? With key strategies. Choose varieties suited to your climate, provide proper care, and apply eco-friendly Bobbex to keep deer from destroying flower buds.
Hydrangea’s Many Gifts
Add this amazing flowering shrub to your landscape and reap many benefits. Large flowers with intricate designs burst in hues of blue, pink, purple, red and white. As cut flowers, hydrangeas make striking bouquets.
Varieties are available for varying levels of shade and sun. What’s more, the hydrangea is very versatile – a stunner in borders, containers, as a focal point, edger, and in mass and mixed plantings. Another major plus is these gorgeous shrubs are hardy, and insect and disease resistant. And there is the option of changing blue flowers to pink and vice versa.
Shrub Selections Abound
Following are the main types of hydrangeas. Varieties have different climate and sun/shade needs, which is a consideration when making selections.
Bigleaf: Flowers are either lacecaps (flattened, round) or mopheads (pompom-shaped clusters). Blue Billow is a top Bigleaf.
Climbing: Strong deciduous vines cradle lacy white flowers. Firefly is a prime choice.
Mountain: Compact. Primarily lacecap flowers. Bluebird and Diadem are popular.
Oakleaf: As the name implies, the leaves resemble those of an oak. Ruby Slippers is a good choice.
Panicle: Tolerant of heat, cold and drought. Cone-shaped flowerheads are the crowning glory. Try Grandiflora and Limelight.
Smooth: This is the original “snowball” hydrangea. Best for cold climates. Grandiflora and Annabelle are top choices.
For awesome plant options, visit Better Homes and Gardens‘ guide to choosing hydrangeas. As you make a list, note required growing zones. Then check out this plant hardiness map, find your region, and make sure it’s included in the plant’s growing zones.
Universal Care Tips
Each hydrangea variety has specific needs, however, there are some shared cultural requirements.
*Soil should be moist and well-drained, and enhanced with organic matter. Cover lightly with mulch.
*Water hydrangeas about one inch per week, and more if there is intense, prolonged heat.
*Pruning is a must for some varieties, not all. If you plan to prune, follow this hydrangea pruning guide for how and when to do so.
Better Hydrangeas With Bobbex
One of the highlights of growing hydrangeas is the unsurpassed beauty of their dramatic, colorful blooms. Deer will be showstoppers if you leave the shrubs unprotected!
In particular, deer love to nosh on the tender little buds that have yet to make their garden debut. Bobbex Deer Repellent is the eco-friendly, safe choice for covering your hydrangeas from bud to base. It is an easy-to-apply clear formula that sprays on and stays on. #1 rated Bobbex deters deer with an unpleasant smell and taste, as it consists of ingredients such as clove oils, fish meal, garlic and more. All Bobbex products are safe for people, pets, wildlife and aquatic life.
A Deer-Free Hydrangea Haven
Growing hydrangeas successfully is easy to achieve when you follow growing and maintenance tips, and protect shrubs with Bobbex Deer Repellent. There is no safer and more effective way to preserve your extraordinary hydrangea bushes. Revel in the unique beauty of these garden treasures!