Growing Hydrangeas

We have actually all enjoyed ’em … the ever dreamed about, garden hydrangea. So popular, they are the top wedding flower after roses. So beloved, few people have no memories of a hydrangea minute. Yes, specifically us women. They are romantic, remarkable and amazing. Sigh … The bright side is, there is a variety to fit most gardens in many locations of the nation. And, anyone can discover how to grow hydrangeas! Shade or sun, acid soil or alkaline. Yes, they can be a little finicky. Yes, they are definitely worth it! Here is the skinny on growing hydrangeas, for garden or table. (Or both!).

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Although most of us probably think about the old made mophead hydrangea (H. macrophylla) initially, with those amazing balls of bloom in pink or blue, there are other ranges. Oakleaf hydrangeas grow well in partial shade, and lace cap hydrangeas have a more delicate flower. There is likewise the more heat tolerant PeeGee hydrangea, H. paniculata. And if that isn’t sufficient variety, there are now the brand-new reblooming hydrangeas, like “Unlimited Summer season”. Initially, fundamental hydrangea care, then we will take a look at the various ranges so that you can choose the best one for your garden!

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Many hydrangeas choose early morning sun and afternoon shade, and don’t deal well with hot climates. Coastal environments are ideal, as are cool summertime locations. Both too much heat and too little sun can contribute to poor performance for old made hydrangeas. PeeGee hydrangeas offer much better with heat. Oak leaf hydrangeas are perfect for partial shade areas. No hydrangea will flower in deep shade.


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Hydrangeas choose to be uniformly damp, and like a fertile spoil. That having actually been said, when using commercial fertilizers, it’s frequently recommended to use half strength liquid fertilizer so you don’t stimulate too much leaf growth at the cost of the flowers.


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The majority of (other than re-bloomers) bloom on old wood, so severe pruning is not needed. Prune away dead wood each spring, and dead head the flowers that are past their prime to promote the most flowers on each bush. PeeGee and Annabelle hydrangeas are more tolerant.


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Hydrangeas prefer soil rich in organic matter. You might have heard that you can change the color of a hydrangeas flowers based on soil composition. It’s true that the pink and blue varieties are affected by the soil ph. You can alter a pink hydrangea to blue by including aluminum sulfate to the soil to make it more acidic. It is quite hard to alter a blue hydrangea to pink however.


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The biggest issues hydrangea gardeners have is lack of flower. This is generally triggered by among 3 things- a late freeze, utilizing a variety that is not meant for your environment, or pruning excessive of the old wood away. KariAnne of ‘Thistlewood Farms’ has a mantel loaded with gorgeous blooms that encourage me she’s discovered the secret to growing hydrangeas and getting them to bloom!! Check out her guidance on getting hydrangeas to bloom.

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Mophead Hydrangea– Hydrangea macrophylla. Traditional pink or blue hydrangeas. Hate summer season heat.

( Photo through ‘Lee Mays Gardening’. Mopheads on right, Lacecaps on left).


Lacecap Hydrangea– Hydrangea macrophylla normalis. Lacey and more quickly naturalized into the typical landscape, these shrubs are less official, but still fantastic specimen plants.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea– H. arborescens. Oakleaf hydrangea had oak shaped leaves that turn charming purple and red in the fall, and conical shaped white flowers that flower in summer season. More tolerant to hot summers, tolerant to shade, and tolerant to drier soil. Terrific garden plant!

PeeGee Hydrangea– Hydrangea paniculata. Large cone-shaped white to pink flowers, Peegee’s tolerate cold and need numerous hours of sun a day. They can grow rather large, and are tolerant to pruning, so can be utilized as a hedge. Peegee’s likewise bloom a little later, August and September. They are the only range that can be pruned into tree kind.

Cold zone hydrangeas– Hydrangea arborescens “Annabelle” is a large white blooming variety that blooms and grows well in cold climate zones. Hardy down to zone 3, these flowers can be as much as 10 inches across!

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Reblooming Hydrangea– Hydrangea macrophylla, the most popular brand-new range of the reblooming mop head is “Endless Summer season”. These tend to be smaller shrubs, choose partial shade, and blossom pink or blue. Reblooming a number of times over the summer, they are a popular option for big containers too.

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It deserves a little extra effort to find out about how to grow hydrangeas. They can endure in a garden for generations, and are a precious flower that every gardener need to have the possibility to grow.

UPDATE: Simply encountered this brand-new hydrangea from Wayside Gardens I just had to share … Hydrangea ‘Next Generation Pistachio’ is a compact grower, simply 3-5 feet, enjoys a dubious afternoon, and has a remarkable lime green petal edged with pink! Zones 5-9.

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Now that you understand everything about Growing Hydrangeas, you can leap over to our posts on How to Grow Peonies and 10 No Fail Perennials for Low Water Gardens!

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