Stunning Hydrangea Garden Plants

Stunning Hydrangea Garden Plants

Hydrangea garden plants are relatively easy to grow. Just give them lots of water and sufficient sunshine, and you’ll have a healthy happy bush that blooms lovely heads of dainty florets. Hydrangea garden plants are large flowering bushes native to the Northern Hemisphere. There are around 23 species in the Hydrangea genus, with around five in common domestic cultivation. The most common species used in gardens is Hydrangea macrophylla, also called French or Bigleaf Hydrangea. When most people think of hydrangeas, they visualize cultivars of this abundant species. While most hydrangea garden plants are flowering shrubs or bushes, some are actually climbing species. In all cases, hydrangeas have large, simple leaves and big clusters of flowers which may be white, pink, purple, red, or blue, depending on cultivar and soil conditions. Hydrangeas are easy to prune and shape, and in rich soil, they thrive, developing vigorous growth habits and quickly dominating their corner of the garden.

The flower colors of H. macrophylla is variable because the garden plants respond to the mineral and pH balance of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, while basic soils develop white flowers. Soil with a neutral pH will produce pink to purple flowers, and the flower color can be further influenced by the minerals in the soil, the amount of fertilizer the plant gets, and how healthy it is. Healthy plants tend to have very rich color saturation in their flowers, while unhealthy plants develop pallid, faded flowers.

Garden With Wooden Fences And Hydrangeas

Garden With Wooden Fences And Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas grow through USDA zone eight, and they require very rich, fertile soil, along with lots of water and full sun.

Purple Hydrangeas In The Garden

Purple Hydrangeas In The Garden

Particularly high-quality hydrangeas can be propagated from cuttings, for gardeners who are experienced at taking cuttings.

Garden With White Hydrangeas And Tall Trees

Garden With White Hydrangeas And Tall Trees

Hydrangeas require annual pruning, typically after all of the flowers have died off in the fall.

Garden With Tropical Plants And Hydrangeas

Garden With Tropical Plants And Hydrangeas

The flowers of hydrangeas make excellent dried flowers, and they are not uncommon in dried flower arrangements.

Garden With Metal Gazebo And Hydrangeas

Garden With Metal Gazebo And Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas do very well as cut flowers, enduring for weeks if they are kept in a vase with a little bit of nutrition.

Backyard With White Hydrangeas

Backyard With White Hydrangeas

The hydrangea originates from southern and eastern Asia and North and South America.

Garden With Wooden Bench And Hydrangeas

Garden With Wooden Bench And Hydrangeas

There are two main flower types in hydrangeas, mophead flowers which are large and round and resemble pom-poms, or lacecap which are flat flower heads with small fertile flowers in the centre surrounded by more showy larger sterile flower heads around the outside.

White Hydrangeas In The Garden

White Hydrangeas In The Garden

Hydrangeas will thrive in moist but well-drained soil, in a semi shady part of the garden.

Garden With Blue Hydrangeas And Adirondack Chairs

Garden With Blue Hydrangeas And Adirondack Chairs

Hydrangeas are normally very hardy and don't suffer many problems.

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