Add a Bold Statement with a Snowball Bush
One of the most sought after plants for a garden is the Hydrangea plant because of the large snowball flowers.
They get covered in large clusters of blooms in shades of white, pink and blues.
They are easy to grow and are low maintenance and like to have some shade in the middle of the day when it's really hot outside.
They likes moist, well drained soil so
adding a thick layer of mulch will help retain moister.
Growing Hydrangeas in Containers
A Hydrangea plant 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 everything in it so it might be best to
find a pot with wheels so you can easily move it around.
will also want to protect your Hydrangea plant 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 Hydrangeas 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 (H. arborescens 'Annabelle')
Growing quickly to 5 feet tall and wide,
Annabelle 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.
Preziosa Mountain (H. serrata ‘Preziosa’)
With pale pink to
mature reddish purple flowers this snowball bush will grow to
about 4 feet tall and wide. Like most snowball bushes, 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 it blooms on old wood.
Nikko Blue (H. macrophylla 'Nikko Blue')
This fast growing bush 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.
PeeGee (H. paniculata 'Grandiflora')
Annabelle Hydrangea, PG 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.
Brussels Lace Panicle (H. 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.
Velvet Leaf Lacecap (H. 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 doesn't like dry soil.
Variegated Lacecap (H. macrophylla Variegata)
Another lacecap that grows to about 6' tall and wide. It has blueish coloured blooms and variegated leaves. It prefers part shade and evenly moist soil for best performance.
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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