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Well the heat reflection off that rock may have something to do with it. Also, might be that your soil is too well draining and the plant has no time to absorb what it needs before it is gone.
Another thing is these plants have very sensitive root systems and cannot be planted too deeply, best to plant them high rather than low. Or you may have damaged the roots in the planting process.
They need good soil rich in organic matter. What I am seeing is signs of the plant being unable to take up enough water. I suggest you pull away those rocks all around it at lease 4 or 5" and look to see if it is too deep, and stick your finger in by the rootball see if it is moist. Make sure it can hold water around it or if the water is running off away from the plant.
Then make sure that there are no air pockets by firming the soil around it with your hand.
Your hydrangea looks wilted and as she shovel said those rocks are putting out alot of extra heat. They do like well drained soil, but it MUST be moist. As said before check every few days to make sure the soil is moist and if it isn't then it is most likely drought stress. If that is the case water more often. Good luck.
I checked for aphids and there was no sign of any bugs.
The odd think is that I had just taken out a hydrangia in this exact location to put this one in. the old one grew like a weed, but was a bloom once,and it was white blooms. This one is a mulitple bloomer and it is pink.
I did plant it a bit high.
Within a few feet of this hygrangia are roses,lavender, Enoumous, and Burning bushes, and they are all growing very well, almost need to trim the burning bushes this year.
Maybe I just need to water more?
right plant right place before you plant anything also wilting is due not only to lack of water but also lack of nutrients in soil and nurtient up take it might not be getting certain anions and certain cations which takes it back to right plant right place and your soil
Is that a wilt or a curl? If it is a wilt, Sheshovel covered it very well. If it is a curl, it could be residual herbicide damage from weed killer (not Roundup) in the soil. Gravel "mulch" often becomes weedy and gets sprayed and not everone reads labels. It could be that Joe Homeowner made a mistake.
Is this in full sun or near full sun? If so that may be your problem...these dont like full sun very much. My wife planted one in our front garden and she had to water all of the time...we moved it this season to a shady place and its doing fine now.
Oh, and I and no expert on these plants but depending on the acid content of the soils your colors may change from pink to blue (You may already know this).
It is on the south side.
There has not been any herbasides sparyed in the area near the plant. I have check and there hasent been any grass growth around it.
yesterday I fertalized it with some Mericle Grow Blooming Mix mixed in with water.
I know it grew a little after I put it in the ground, as you can notice a flower bud starting to come up, twards the top of the photo. This wanst there when I bought it.
Iknow it is hard to do because everyone likes to see the blooms but most of the energy is going into blooming. Snip off the bloom so the energy can go into growing and stabilizing the plant. Blooming takes an enormous amount of energy in any plant. Plus what Sheshovel said.