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Jill Drago

Jill is currently a hobby gardener and stay at home mom. Her love for gardening came from a high school job at a local garden center. Jill then earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management from the University of Rhode Island. She has spent her years post college as a plant recorder at a botanical garden, golf course horticulturist, and high end gardener. Jill specializes in coastal plantings in zone 6b.

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Can You Grow Hydrangeas in Hardiness Zone 9?

Planning on adding some hydrangeas to your garden, but aren't sure if they can cut it in the heat of hardiness zone 9? These popular perennial shrubs can be a bit picky as they grow, especially in warmer climates. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines if you can grow hydrangeas in hardiness zone 9, despite the heat.

Deer in a Garden With Hydrangeas

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Are Hydrangeas Deer Resistant or Will They Attract Deer?

Thinking of adding some hydrangeas, but live in a location that's also very populated by deer? Curious to know if hydrangeas will attract deer or if they are deer resistant? In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through everything you need to know about deer and hydrangeas!

Spring Hydrangea Care Tips

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11 Tips For Spring Hydrangea Care This Season

Spring hydrangea care is a bit different than other seasons. In spring, you are working to get your hydrangeas to rebloom, and encourage their prolific flower growth. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her top tips for spring hydrangea care.

Helleborus Hybridus Black Flower

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11 Reasons We Love Hellebore Hybrids With Black Blooms

If you've seen pictures of hellebore hybrids on social media, or other places online, you've probably caught yourself wondering: should I add these to my garden? If you are creating a colorful perennial garden, the answer oftentimes is a resounding yes! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through her favorite reasons to plant hellebore hybrids with beautiful black flowers in your garden this season!

Color Changing Hydrangea

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How to Change The Color of Your Hydrangeas in 6 Simple Steps

So you've decided you want to change your hydrangea's color to vibrant pink, beautiful blue, or a vivid violet? Some varieties of hydrangea will adjust their flower color based on the nutrient values of the soil. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through how to change the color of your hydrangeas in 6 simple steps!

Lacecap Hydrangea in Blue

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Lacecap Hydrangeas

Lacecap hydrangeas are a wonderful addition to any garden. But if you've never grown them before, where do you start? Lacecaps can be a bit pickier than other types of hydrangea, so it's important to understand all their needs before you begin planting. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago highlights every step you'll need to follow when growing lacecap hydrangeas this season.

Hydrangea Diseases

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12 Hydrangea Diseases: How to Identify, Prevent, and Treat Them

Did you recently plant hydrangeas in your garden, but aren't quite sure how to identify the most common diseases that may attack them? There are many different hydrangea diseases that may attack your plant, but knowing how to identify, prevent, and treat them is critically important. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through the different hydrangea diseases that are most likely to strike.

Bright Hydrangea Blooms

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15 Tips To Keep Your Hydrangeas Blooming All Season Long

If you've planted hydrangeas in your garden, you may be wondering how to keep their blooms going as long as possible. Hydrangeas can be picky plants, which makes perfect blooms a never-ending challenge. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago gives you her top tips for longer and brighter blooms.

train climbing hydrangea

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11 Climbing Hydrangea Tips: Sticking To Fences & Trellises

If you are struggling with getting your climbing hydrangea to train up a trellis or a fence, you've come to the right place! Climbing hydrangea is extremely beautiful, but can also be quite picky about where and how it climbs. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you her top tips to properly train your climbing hydrangea to climb where you want it to.

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15 Beautiful Perennial Plants You Can Plant in May

Looking to plant some perennials this May, but aren't sure where to start? There are many different options you can go with, depending on your climate and geography. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through 15 of her favorite perennials to plant in the month of May!

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How to Grow Hellebore in Pots or Containers

Thinking of planting some hellebore in pots or containers, but aren't quite sure where to start? Container gardening can be a great way to add flowers to your garden that you don't have room for in your raised beds or in your flower garden. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through each step of planting hellebore in pots or containers.

Deadheading Hydrangeas

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11 Tips For Deadheading Hydrangeas Correctly

If you are trying to deadhead your hydrangeas for better blooms this season, you aren't alone! Deadheading is the art of removing spent blooms so that new ones can come and take their place. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her top tips for properly deadheading this season.

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How to Prune Hydrangeas in 7 Simple Steps

Pruning your hyhdrangeas is more of an art than science. These beautiful flowering shrubs are quite common all over the United States, and the world. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you through each step of properly pruning your hydrangeas.

Hellebore Growing in Garden

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Hellebore Flowers

Hellebore flowers have become a shade darling for many gardeners. Their beautiful blooms come in a wide variety of different colors and they can also grow easily in many different climates. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through each step of growing hellebore flowers in your garden, and their care.

Healthy Hydrangea Bloom

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11 Reasons Your Hydrangeas Aren’t Blooming, and How to Fix it

If you planted some hydrangeas expecting some big and beautiful blooms only to be disappointed, you aren't alone. Hydrangea blooms can stall for a number of different reasons. The good news is many of these problems are correctable. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago looks at the most common reasons your hydrangea may not be blooming and how to fix it.

Hydrangea Next To Fern Companion Plant

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15 Hydrangea Companion Plants For Your Garden

Thinking of planting some new plants along with your hydrangeas this season but aren't sure what plants are the best companions? Companion planting can be a bit tricky, depending on the plant. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her favorite companion plants for hydrangeas.

Hydrangea in Pots and Containers

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15 Tips for Growing Beautiful Hydrangeas in Containers

Thinking of container planting some hydrangeas this season? Container planting can sometimes be a bit more of an art, than science. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her top tips for beautiful hydrangea blooms in containers or pots this season!

Hydrangeas Grown in Zone 10

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Can You Grow Hydrangeas in Hardiness Zone 10?

Do you live in hardiness zone 10, but aren't quite sure if hydrangeas will stand up to your heat and humidity? Hydrangeas are gorgeous shrubs, but they typically thrive in the right environments. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines what you can expect when growing hydrangeas USDA hardiness zone 10.