The Oakleafs are Going Nuts!


OakleafWhen I read that pruning Oakleaf Hydrangeas was wrong, I didn’t really know what to think. I had always cut back common hydrangeas, so natch I did the same thing when I got these Oakleafs a couple years ago. And besides, I didn’t really mind – the foliage was beautiful in both summer and fall.

Then I read that you aren’t supposed to prune them, so I didn’t.

Then I waited…

And this spring, something remarkable happened. These puppies bloomed like nobody’s business! It’s been a slow bloom too, so it looks like I’ll have flowers for a couple months. Needless to say, I’m stoked about this. This is a hardy plant that does well in climates like ours, and is anything but high-maintenance.

Anyhoo, enjoy the pics.

Categorized as Gardening

By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.


  1. Mine are blooming like crazy too. The flowers do last a long time, sometimes even through the winter (although brown they are still interesting). Your’s are beautiful!

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