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The Hydrangea plant is one of the most popular shrubs for a garden because of the large snowball flowers.
Hydrangeas are easy to grow and to care for, because they are typically
cold hardy and pretty much pest and disease free but they do like some
afternoon shade during the hot summer months.
The Hydrangea plant likes moist, well drained soil so
adding a thick layer of mulch will help retain moister.
Growing Hydrangeas in Containers
Hydrangeas make a nice focal point on a deck, patio or on a stand in your yard.
Growing Hydrangeas in containers is easy but the soil needs to stay moist. The
containers can get heavy with the dirt, plant and water so it might be best to
find a pot with wheels so you can easily move it around.
will want to protect it during the winter by either moving it into your basement or
unheated garage or if leaving it outside, you may want to cover it to protect
it from the cold harsh winds.
Hydrangea Plant Varieties
are about 70 – 75 different varieties of Hydrangea plants to choose from and the varieties keep climbing as there are new varieties every year. Below
I have a few varieties that I sell in my nursery. They are spectacular when they are in bloom.
Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')
Growing quickly to 5 feet tall and wide,
Annabelle Hydrangea will get very large white flowers from late spring to fall and it only needs 4 to 6 hours of sun per day. Flowers
bloom on new wood so pruning can be done during the winter months or very early spring.
PeeGee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora')
Annabelle Hydrangea, PeeGee Hydrangea is a fast growing (sometimes more than 24
inches per year) deciduous shrub that gets large cone shaped white flowers. Flowers bloom on new wood so pruning can
be done during the winter months.
Preziosa Mountain Hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’)
With pale pink to
mature reddish purple flowers the Preziosa Mountain Hydrangea will grow to
about 4 feet tall and wide. Like most Hydrangeas, it prefers part shade but can
be grown in full sun if kept moist. Pruning should be done right after the
flowers are done blooming as this plant blooms on old wood.
Velvet Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea aspera)
With a growth of 10-12 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide you will need lots of room for this Lacecap Hydrangea but it is well worth it. The flower heads on this beauty can get up to 10-12" wide and they cover the shrub.
They prefer light shade and don't like dry soil.
Variegated Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla Variegata)
Another lacecap Hydrangea that grows to about 6 feet tall and wide. It prefers part shade and evenly moist soil for best performance.
Brussels Lace Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Brussels Lace')
Perfect for a smaller garden, this 6' tall and 5' wide hydrangea gets large flowers about 8" long. It blooms on new wood so pruning can be done in late winter to early spring before new growth starts to emerge.
Nikko Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue')
This fast growing shrub quickly reaches 4-6' tall and wide. It displays beautiful blue flowers in early summer. It blooms on old wood so pruning should be done right after blooms are done.
Adding a Hydrangea plant to your yard will add a lot of
beauty and elegance. And the blooms last until late summer and sometimes into fall when not too
much else is blooming.
Once the blooms turn brown you can dry them and add them to your winter planters for a nice arrangement.
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