My husband and I are renting a home from a coworker of mine and this is the first summer we've been here. The home was her grandma's for a thousand years so often while I'm out playing in the dirt, I'm finding bulbs and different plants in the yard that her grandma planted long ago. Long story short, I was weeding around the shrubs tonight after mowing the yard and I came across beautiful dark purple blooms laying on the ground at the base of the Holly tree. Come to find out, there's a hydrangea that's been smothered under this holly tree and some other shrub. I pulled a lot of dead sticks from it but unfortunately also cut some green too before I realized what it was.
My question is how can I make sure I do everything in my power to give this little guy a fighting chance? Clearly he's a fighter if he stilled bloomed (even if it was only two blooms). I've cut a lot of the holly bush and shrub away to give it space but hopefully left enough to give it shade and protection. There's little shade on that side of the yard so I assume it got its support from the holly tree? I've always wanted a hydrangea and like so many others, I'm definitely a beginner in gardening all around.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!!