Hydrangeas

Is late fall a good time to plant hydrangeas?
Thanks
Gary
New to the north country
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Autumn is generally a good time to plant just about anything (shrubs, trees, etc.) except crops of course. Late fall planting depends a great deal on your climate -- you don't mention where you are so it's kind of difficult to be specific in recommendations obviously. Generally speaking, you can get away with planting shrubs, trees and the like well into November.
The object of fall/spring planting is to take advantage of cooler weather and rain (as opposed to scorchers and dryness). In many ways, autumn is a preferred new planting period since the ground is typically much warmer than spring time ground -- this allows for greater root development. The lack of weather extremes help the plants better establish in the garden.
Many gardeners will overwinter plants, in their pots even, in the ground while others will temporarily transplant them in a bed used for just this purpose. There are also many things you can do to extend the benefits of autumn for your plants such as using stone, gravel mulch, planting in front of a stone/concrete wall, and laying heavy applications of mulch. The use of stone/concrete products will keep soil and areas warmer -- they absorb heat throughout the day and then release it throughout the night, creating a microclime (this is especially effective if the area is shielded from the wind).
Hope this helps!
James
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Here is the info:
http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/cmrec/art4.htm
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