Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:45
Newly planted bushes etc often are late in growing again in spring.
established plants often do their own thing. They may look dead but simply be late in shooting.
Last year my summer jasmine looked dead. Usually by mid spring it is covered in foliage but for some reason it remained bare. Wood was dead. Cut it hard back intending to dig it out later but recovered well.
Ditto Carpentaria Californica. It looked dreadful and decided to remove it. However it is a truly beautiful plant so I rechecked its requirements. Always thought it needed dry soil but no, apparently, it wants a reasonable amount of moisture. Pruned hard back, fed and mulched and watered it well during the summer. Looking good now and I expect it to thrive now.
always worth checking .....re-checking....what our plants need. hydrangeas like a reasonable water supply. Given that they should do well