Really? Put those snippers down for a minute and let’s take a closer look. ‘Tis true, this Hydrangea macrophylla, (mislabeled as H. paniculata) may not appear to be as beautiful as it once was, back in April when it was first purchased and planted.
The fact that it even survived the bizarre early heat and later drought is thought to be a major accomplishment, even if our acid soil turned the blooms from pink to blue in only a few months. The post season flower was a surprise, but the spent blooms of spring had been left on the shrub intentionally. We find them attractive, if not as pretty as the pristine petals of its youth.
Ah, no. Nothing at all needs to be done here. The problem seems to be in perception, not reality. This is Nature taking its course. Not everyone may see the beauty of it, but that might be because they have been trained for a lifetime to consider anything but peak of perfection to be unworthy of praise. How sad.
The environment is a system, a brilliant cycle of birth, life and death. It cannot be changed and works well when left alone. Leaves and flowers, tree trunks and roots will all disintegrate to feed the soil to grow anew. Some might disagree, but to me it is a thing of beauty and most of it will remain untouched.