winterizing annuals

Asked November 1, 2020, 2:13 PM EST

Specifically hostas and hydragenas. What should I be doing?

Berrien County Michigan

2 Responses

Hello. There is really nothing that needs to be done with these 2 plants. Hosta is a perennial and will naturally dieback and the leaves will turn yellow, these can be picked up/raked and put in the compost. Hydrangea are a perennial shrub and go into dormancy a little differently than herbaceous perennials like hosta. The dormancy process starts at the end of the branches and moves down. Pruning them now could leave stems unprotected as cold weather arrives. Since you do not mention the variety of hydrangea that you have I cannot tell you when to prune it. For some varieties you may be cutting off next year’s flower buds if you prune now. Hope this helps!

Thank you so much. I am not sure what varieties I have. They were here when I moved in. Good to know that I do not need to cut back!