All you Need to Know About Hydrangeas!
Hydrangeas have remained popular throughout generations. No doubt your parents and grandparents have planted Hydrangeas, and they may be flourishing in your garden today. Unfortunately, with such wide-spread popularity we often forget how beautiful Hydrangeas are. They are often over-looked when planting because, unlike our grandparents we are now able to include more exotic plants in our gardens than ever before.
What many gardeners don’t realise is that Hydrangeas, like many other ‘traditional’ garden plants have been developing to give you more variety. ‘New’ Hydrangeas will grow in colder climates (perfect for parts of the UK), bloom with bigger flowers (or smaller if you prefer) and generally they all have deeper, richer colours.
Some Hydrangeas are unique in the fact that they can change colour depending on the soil they are planted in. Plant pink Hydrangeas in acid soil conditions and they will turn blue, mauve in acid to neutral soil conditions and pink in alkaline conditions. Red Hydrangeas can be enhanced by adding a layer of lime stone or chalk to the soil in the winter.
Planting and caring for Hydrangeas is relatively easy. They will thrive when planted in a sunny spot, in moist soil, with lots of room to flourish without having to be pruned dramatically. Too much shade can cause a great deal of problems for Hydrangeas, as can being planted under a tree. Trees love the moist soil Hydrangeas are provided with, and their aggressive roots will stunt the growth of any plants around them.
When planting work plenty of organic matter into the soil and periodically over time. This could be well-rotted leafmould, garden compost, composted bark, or farmyard manure.
Hydrangeas are quite disease-resistant but under some circumstances can be infected. Mildew can form on the leaves of Hydrangeas when planted in heavy shade and humid conditions. Leaf spots, root rot and rust can also occur if Hydrangeas are planted in the wrong conditions.
Hydrangeas make wonderful cut plants and are often used in bouquets. Towards the end of the season, some varieties become muted in colour, cut them and take them inside to let them dry out. Dried Hydrangeas look wonderful in vases, or you could leave them in your garden and let them naturally die down for winter.
We now have two beautiful Hydrangea shrubs on offer…
Hydrangea Saxon Pillnitz is a stunning pink and Hydrangea Bastei is vivid red. Both are dwarf variety with masses of flowers. They are wildlife friendly and a brilliant way to encourage bees into your garden. They are also suitable as house plants and look fantastic in your garden borders and containers.