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With immense blossoms, Hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Colours can range from clear blues, vibrant pinks, frosty whites, lavender, and rose—sometimes all blooming on the same plant. There are three flower formations in hydrangeas. Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms, lacecap flowers that bear a round flowerhead with a flat centre core, or ‘panniculata’ with large usually white cones of flower.
Plant your Hydrangea from the early spring through to the autumn. When you are planting a Hydrangea, remember that the blooms and stems must be protected from strong winds and the hot afternoon sun.
Avoid planting in open areas where strong winds could break stems. Planting on the eastern side of a building ensures that, in the afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest, your plants are in the shade.
Make sure your plant has good drainage. Incorporate a lot of organic matter and an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer into the soil to give your hydrangea a strong start.
General Hydrangea Care
- If you plant them in the summer, they need a lot more water in the beginning to establish the root system.
- Most varieties thrive in full sun to part shade, as long as they are planted in moist, rich soil.
- Water deeply once a week, and maybe more, if the weather is particularly hot or dry.
- Soil pH is a major determinant of bloom colour in the pink/blue Hydrangea varieties. Use Hydrangea colourant to keep blue flowers blue, if your soil is alkaline.