As a general rule, hydrangeas are best pruned in spring. This is a good time to deadhead most varieties, too – leaving the seedheads on the plant over winter protects the buds beneath.
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Here’s our advice on pruning the different types of hydrangea. After pruning, mulch the plant with well rotted manure or compost.
Hydrangea macrophylla, H. serrata and H. quercifolia
Hydrangea aborescens and H. paniculata
Prune Hydrangea aspera minimally in spring, just removing any dead or overly long stems.