DonnaMack wrote: How adorable of you to treat me like family!
If I did do it, I would put them in containers and put them in the garage. Raulston Arboretum sends me plants that are not hardy. So I put them in pots for a couple of years, overwinter them in my garage, and let them attain some size. If the plant is wonderful enough, like this hydrangea serrata shishiva they gave me, it goes into a self watering pot and spends every year in the garage.
It is so beautiful and delicate, that although I would probably not have purchased it, it became one of my most cherished plants.
They just sent me two more quite rare hydrangeas. I'm one of those crazy gardeners who will do what is necessary for a cherished plant (and I have a really big garage!)