A row of the most beautiful creamy white Hydrangeas greeted me at a plant nursery the other day. Hydrangea panicuata ‘Silver Dollar’ is widely available… but these plants made such a good show because they were all lovely large specimens. It makes a change to see such big healthy plants in full bloom. They flower from August until mid- autumn and the as they age the petals develop a pink tinge. They will grow to around 1.2m/4 feet tall.
Hydrangea shrubs are easy to grow and look after so they are very popular. They prefer moist but well drained soil in a semi shaded spot. After flowering cut back to encourage the plants to produce vigorous new shoots for more flowers next year and apply a generous mulch of organic matter such as garden compost or well rotted manure. If you allow the flower heads to dry on the plant then when you prune you can pop them in a vase for an autumn display indoors.
There are many Hydrangeas to choose from. Most have flowers in shades of white and pink. Some Hydrangeas can develop blue flowers depending on the variety. It’s the mopheads and lacecaps that have that capacity to turn blue when they are grown in an acid soil with a pH of 5.2-5.5. If your garden has alkaline soil with a pH of 6 -6.2 then they will be pink. Or you could grow them in a pot.
Our garden has alkaline clay soil and our Hydrangeas are pink and pure white.
I’m linking with Judith at Lavender Cottage Garden today for Mosaic Monday.
Do you grow Hydrangeas in your garden?
Which is your favourite Hydrangea?
Happy Gardening. Gillian 🙂