teainthegarden wrote: Thanks, Virburnum. Since my last photos, I've cut back dead stuff, and accidentally pruned live branches as well when I was following a "dead" stem down to the trunk only to realize afterward that there was a live part branching out as well. (I'm a beginner.)
Here's pictures that I took today. Perhaps it will be helpful in identifying the selection.
As you can see these hydrangeas are growing under trees with ferns and other stuff.
It's hard to tell the height because the branches are leaning, some lying on the ground, but I've included 1' rulers in the photos. The straggly looking hydrangeas behind the others are about 4'.
Some of the leaves are curled. I don't know why though.