Hydrangeas are one of our most popular garden shrubs and bring much loved colour to Bay View Garden Centre.
The most well-known shrub hydrangeas are Mopheads and Lacecaps, though there are a number of other varieties, including Hydrangea petiolaris which is a stunning climber with large creamy white flowers. Blue hydrangeas are particularly popular, these require acid soils, composts and feeds, flowers may turn shades of violet and pink if this is not available. The flower colour apparent on many hydrangeas often changes by late summer (August-September). This change is considered a normal part of the ageing process and gives an attractive ‘antique’ effect.
Hydrangeas thrive in moist, well-drained soil, in partially shaded areas of your garden. Avoid dry, sunny spots and east-facing sites to protect the shrubs flowers from turning brown. Remember to work plenty of organic matter into the soil before and after planting (and in subsequent years).
The hydrangea plant likes plenty of water; don’t let the soil dry out. If planted in a container ensure the holes in the bottom of the pot remain free from blockages, few plants like their roots waterlogged!
This can depend on the type of hydrangea and is easy to do. Mopheads and Lacecaps should be pruned in late winter – early spring. It is best to leave old flower heads as this help to protect the buds underneath. Mop heads should be pruned to the fist pair of healthy buds under the old flower head whereas Lacecaps can be pruned down to the second pair of buds. Climbing hydrangeas differ as they are best pruned after they have flowered.
These easy to care for shrubs are a great addition to any garden whether your style is traditional or contemporary.