How to Protect Your Bigleaf Hydrangea for Winter

Winter can be hard on bigleaf hydrangeas. If the flower buds get damaged over the winter, then come summer you will be left wondering where all of your beautiful blooms went. Susan, from Gardener Sue’s News, had this exact problem and has decided to take matters into her own hands to ensure she will get blooms next year. In this informative how-to video Susan shows how you can protect your bigleaf hydrangea throughout the winter.

A better landscape starts with a better flowering shrub

Proven Winners flowering shrubs are bred, tested, and selected to bring you more success with less effort. From longer bloom times and easy-care petite sizes to lush foliage and grand blossoms on sturdy stems, enviable, easy-care gardens begin with the plants in the distinctive white pot. Look for Proven Winners flowering shrubs at better garden centers.

Continuous blooms in tantalizing colors and an easy-care petite size make our Lo & Behold® butterfly bush impossible to resist.

  • Space-saving dwarf habit
  • Non-invasive
  • Blooms all summer without deadheading
  • Available in seven fab colors
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Once is never enough for this timeless fragrance, so our Bloomerang® reblooming lilacs blossom in spring, then summer through fall-in purple, dark purple or pink.

  • The original reblooming lilac: flowers in spring, then mid-summer-fall
  • Sweetly fragrant purple blooms
  • Smaller and more disease resistant than conventional lilacs
  • Perfect for cutting and enjoying indoors
  • Available in three picture-perfect shades
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With the richest color and an abundance of blooms, Let’s Dance® reblooming hydrangeas are completely irresistible, even to the most discriminating observer.

  • No pruning required!
  • Reliably produces months of flowers every year
  • Seven beautiful, distinctive varieties available
  • Flower color varies depending on soil
  • Developed in Michigan for outstanding performance in cold climates
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Admirers will stop by all spring, summer and fall to drink in the luscious beauty of your Sonic Bloom® reblooming weigela.

  • Blooms in spring, along with other weigela, then reblooms summer-frost
  • Available in five vivid colors
  • Deer resistant
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With huge, breathtaking blooms on sturdy stems, winter-hardy Incrediball® hydrangea will be your pride and joy, year after year.

  • Spectacularly huge blooms
  • Blooms every summer, even after harsh winters
  • Sturdy stems prevent flopping
  • Perfect for showy summer flower arrangements
  • Available in white or pink
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Your quest for effortless beauty is over. Hardy, dwarf-sized Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed with blooms beyond your imagination.

  • Super easy to grow – perfect for anyone who claims they have a “black thumb”
  • Space-saving: half the size of conventional peegee-type hydrangeas
  • Huge, showy white blossoms engulf the plant
  • Lacy blooms age to a soft, lovely pink through the season
  • Strong stems hold the bloom up with no flopping
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Uncommonly rugged and undaunted by insects, disease, and cold climates, Oso Easy® roses rebloom for months while practically caring for themselves.

  • Very hardy and heat tolerant – thrives from Manitoba to Mobile
  • Superior disease resistance
  • Glossy foliage sets off colorful blooms
  • Flowers from early summer-frost without deadheading
  • Available in ten luscious shades (Oso Easy® Lemon Zest and Oso Easy® Paprika depicted here)
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The life of any garden party all season long, Spilled Wine® weigela drenches your landscape in rich color and dark foliage.

  • Bright pink flowers in spring create an eye-catching display
  • Dark purple foliage keeps this weigela attractive all season long
  • Low growing habit makes this plant especially versatile
  • Fits easily into any landscape with very little maintenance
  • Deer resistant
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The spectacular, pomegranate red blooms of Fire Light® hydrangea will outperform even the toughest competition.

  • 2019 Hydrangea of the Year
  • The perfect hydrangea for both cold and hot climates
  • Blooms transform from white to pink then into a strong pomegranate red
  • Very hardy and heat tolerant: from USDA zone 3 to USDA Zone 9
  • Makes a beautiful cut flower, fresh or dried
  • Reliable and easy to grow
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Jazz Hands Variegated® is the first ever variegated Loropetalum.

  • Rich purple foliage splashed with pink and white variegation
  • Hot pink firework blooms
  • Use as a distinctive specimen or a hedging plant
  • Deer resistant
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Finally – a fragrant, disease-resistant rose! At Last® rose combines all the romance of a fragrant, fully-petaled tea rose with the no-nonsense practicality of a disease-resistant landscape rose.

  • Sweetly perfumed
  • Sunset-orange blossoms from late spring through frost
  • Superior disease resistance
  • Glossy foliage sets off colorful blooms
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‘Sweet Summer Love’ gives you everything you want in a clematis: hundreds of colorful blooms, fragrance, ease of growth, and long bloom time. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

  • Fragrant cranberry-violet blooms start over a month earlier than others
  • Reliably blooms on new wood
  • Dramatic vertical statement when trained on a trellis or other support
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Bold yet delicate, Blue Chiffon® rose of Sharon is a star in the garden from late summer to fall. The distinctive blue flower color complements many popular perennials for a late summer show.

  • 2020 Flowering Shrub of the Year
  • Refined, rounded habit with soft, elegant stems
  • Blue flowers with fluffy centers set few to no seeds
  • Long blooming
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Oso Easy Double Red® rose earns its spot in the Winner’s Circle! Blooms are held on long stems, well above the foliage, for a truly memorable display. Foliage is a beautiful, lustrous green with excellent resistance to powdery mildew and black spot.

  • 2020 Rose of the Year
  • Large and full red blooms
  • Blooms all summer without the need to remove old flowers
  • Very disease resistant and easy to grow
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Go bold with the incredible color of Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea! Red-pink flowers bloom for months on strong stems, unfazed by even the harshest winters.

  • 2020 Hydrangea of the Year
  • Two-toned flowers combine bright ruby red and silvery pink
  • Sturdy stems prevent flopping
  • Strong rebloom for months of color
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This spirea is better than great – it’s a doozie! Double Play Doozie® spirea is the most beautiful, innovative, ground-breaking spirea to ever grace a landscape – thanks to its non-stop blooming.

  • Non-invasive! Sets no seed so won’t spread into the wild
  • Non-stop purple-red flowers- all the energy it would spend developing seed goes into blooming instead
  • Foliage emerges in blazing brilliant red
  • Deer resistant and very hard
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Why Proven Winners?

Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs are bred, tested and selected to bring you more success with less effort. From longer bloom times and easy-care petite sizes to lush foliage and grand blossoms on sturdy stems, the most enviable gardens begin with our distinctive white pot.