The hydrangea is an
easy-to-grow, trouble-free plant that's big on impact.
no wonder that hydrangeas are the top summer shrub in France. They
appeal to the stylish French because they need very little attention
to maintain their beautiful appearance.
Kiwis have come to appreciate
hydrangeas enormously in recent years too, for much the same reasons.
You can plant them, preferably in dappled shade, do little to them,
apart from applying a bit of water during dry weather times, and
sit back and admire their beauty. A comfy outdoor seat or a hammock
among the hydrangeas creates a great place to retreat to on a balmy
flowers of hydrangeas, of which there are great numbers if you plant
a group, can be picked for indoor decoration too and they last superbly
Liddle Wonder's range
of hydrangeas is right up with the play in terms of new varieties
(such as the New Zealand raised 'Trophy', which is a stunning white)
as well as older varieties which have stood the test of time, such
as 'Geoffrey Chadbund' and the charming lacecap variety 'Blue Wave'.
lacecaps have flat, lacy flower heads and are considered to have
a more subtle beauty than the bigger flowered "moptop" kinds. But
as with many things of a gardening nature, beauty is in the eye
of the beholder!
Big drifts of hydrangeas
are a great way of having an easy-care garden display that looks
good all summer long.
Be sure to plant them
in good soil, with fertiliser and compost, to get them off to a
good start. In some soils (those that are alkaline) the blue flowered
varieties may tend towards pink shades, while in others (those that
are acid) the pinks and reds may take on blue tones.
- They're a vigorous,
lush, easy-to-grow, trouble-free plant.
- Grow in well-worked
- They'll handle a little
sun, but flowers last longest and develop best colour in shade;
flower life is shortened in sunny conditions.
- Feed with a general
garden fertiliser late in autumn.
- Flower colour is influenced
by soil conditions. Blues are intensified by acid conditions,
while alkaline soils favour pink and red shades.
- Enhance pink shades
by applying lime, encourage blue shades by applying ammonium sulphate
or aluminium sulphate or an acid fertilser.
- Prune to half size
late in autumn, cutting to just above a pair of nodes, promoting
flower next season and maintaining shape and vigour.
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