I have a rather large hydrangea, an old tall rose bush, and a new low and bushy rose bush. They all get western sun. I would like to move them all to either a south or southeastern exposure. Can this be done? The tall bush is right in front of my house. It sends up long canes, which are almost dangerous and really not all that attractive. What should I do?
Can a Hydrangea Be Moved?
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You run the risk of losing the plants when are large, as larger plants are more susceptible to transplant shock. I would recommend taking cuttings, regardless if you move them or not. That way if they die when moved, you will still have their offspring to plant. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-propagation.htm
Moving an old rose bush is tricky and you may need to cut it back. They are very susceptible to transplant shock. But, these articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/transplanting-roses.htm
Also, you will want to start cuttings, just in case it does not make it. This article will help with that: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/roseprop.html