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The Hydrangea plant is one of the most popular plants for
producing large snowball flowers.
Hydrangeas are easy to grow and to care for, as 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. Below
I have 4 varieties, 2 that bloom on new wood and 2 that bloom on old wood. The
difference in when to prune them so you don’t lose the flowers for next year.
arborescens 'Annabelle') – Growing quickly to 5 feet tall and wide,
Annabelle Hydrangea will get very large white flowers (up to 12 inches across!)
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.
Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora') – Similar to
Annabelle Hydrangea, PeeGee Hydrangea is a fast growing (sometimes more than 24
inches per year) deciduous shrub that gets large (sometimes up to 12 – 18 inches)
white flowers. It can also be grow as a small tree if the lower stems are
removed when the plant is still young. Flowers bloom on new wood so pruning can
be done during the winter months.
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 to dry.
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.
Slender Deutzia (Deutzia
Belonging to the Hydrangea family, Slender Deutzia will grow 3 to 4 feet tall
and up to 5 feet wide. It gets covered with small white flowers that last a
couple of weeks during the spring. Pruning
should be done right after the flowers are done blooming as this plant blooms
on old wood.
Adding a Hydrangea plant to your yard will add a lot of
beauty and elegance. And the blooms last until late summer 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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