Black spots on new leaves of hydrangea

I recently planted a pink hydrangea which I believe is a mophead. The leaves turned black at the edges, became slimy, and half of the leaves just rotted away, leaving only half a leaf. New leaves are sprouting, but some of them have black spots. What is causing this? The flowers are turning brownish and dropping off. Will new flowers return this season?
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Thanks for writing. It sounds like your hydrangea may be diseased --- but without being able to see the disease, I can't say for sure what it is or if it needs to be treated or not. But, here's a guide to some common ones --- if you check out this site you should be able to match up the disease to one of the pictures."

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