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A tale of 2 plants: An oakleaf hydrangea experiment

To make an immediate garden statement, think bigger when it comes to buying perennial shrubs In July 2018, two oakleaf hydrangeas arrived at my door. They were the same variety, Proven Winners 'Gatsby Moon', but in two different sizes: a quart and a gallon. 

When it comes to buying shrubs, you need to ask yourself what you want for your garden. Are you willing to wait for a plant to reach its full size, or do you want the garden to look more established faster?

To be honest, I've always been a bit of a "go big or go home" type of gal. My shopping habits have often veered me to the larger shrubs, planters, hanging baskets ... you get my drift.

Bigger plants usually come with a larger price tag, but I see that as a trade off for the amount of time that has already gone into growing the plant. (For example, I don't have 10 years to wait for tiny arborvitae shrubs to grow in to block the street view — so I would buy larger plants.)
So if you purchase a smaller v…

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