cant find my previous/older post (2019) about this, so will add that info here for the original information: Zone: Zone 8b Gardening Question: What do I do about dying or sickly shrub We moved into my parents home a few years ago after they passed away, so alot of the plants/shrubs were planted by them. There are rhododendrons, hydrangeas, etc plus plants. This bush/shrub has ceased to lead out or bloom at all except a few branches along the right side. The leaves that were on it when we first moved in were turning spotty and dying, I did trim back some of the overhang of tree branches above it so it could get more light. Wondering if I should prune most of it back? Remove it completely? Or what else might help? — Hello. Thank you for sending us your gardening question and photo. Its hard to tell what this plant is but you are right – the dead parts need to be pruned away and, if I were you, Id prune back the entire tree/bush to give it a fresh start in spring. Here’s a good article on rejuvenation pruning: **the link caused problems with my posting again. Please let us know if you have any other gardening questions, and happy gardening! Thanks. Gardening Know How ================================================ 2020) this bush/shrub had flowers on it years ago (this was my parents home that we now live in). The natural and planted shrubs and flowers have become over shadowed by original trees and weve been working on that issue. This shrub has been dying off or at least stopped leafing out and blooming. I hate to remove it if it can be saved somehow….. Any thoughts or ideas much appreciated, Ive grown flowers for many years and had roses, but no experience with Peonies, Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, etc. thank you, Lisa
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If these are not getting plenty of shade, then too much light will be to blame. With the exception of the Peony and depending on the type of Hydrangea that you have, they need partial shade to moderate shade.
Other care involves pruning each at their, respective, correct times, watering properly, and feeding according to their needs as well.
Here are some articles that will help: