When this plant arrived I wasn't impressed. It was lanky and weak. When it bloomed it looks stunning - until the weight of the flowers had the branches laying on the ground and looking incredibly sad. As well, I had to keep it watered well daily when July rolled around. ... With all that said, I pruned it back by 50% as the flowers began to fade. I read that for this type of hydrangea family a good cutting back makes for a stronger base for new growth (with less flopping flowers next year), but ended up pruning right away instead of waiting for fall. With that said, the plant looks really pathetic for a few weeks, then, to my surprise, it filled in more nicely after the prune. More branches and leaves. THEN... and I should add it is now mid-September, it bloomed again! And this time it is not flopping and looks beautiful.
Needless to say, if you buy the tiny size of this plant (the $17.00-ish size) do expect it to need some serious babying (because, it is a baby). I was really bummed with it the first month or so, however, I am so happy with it now and absolutely can not wait until next year when it grows more and really shines! :-)
Happy with this purchase!