Dainty as a lace cap
The lacecap macrophyllas are also well represented. Blue Wave (syn. Mariesii Perfecta) is perhaps the best known—a cultivar that performs much better on acid soils: its flowers are a fine mixture of purples and mauves at Marwood Hill, but turn a muddy pink on limestone. Lanarth White remains white everywhere and makes a good contrast with other hydrangeas and the compact Mariesii Lilacina opens blue, but turns more mauve as it ages.
Lacecaps have grown greatly in popularity in recent years, since the introduction of more than 20 new Teller cultivars from Switzerland. Blaumeise is extremely popular among British gardeners, but two that Mr Pharoah particularly recommends are Taube and Hobella. They grow side by side at the bottom of the garden, where Taube is deep blue and Hobella pale pink. Visitors ask how it’s possible to have a pink hydrangea in a garden where all others are blue or purple and the answer is that Hobella is always pink and doesn’t change its colour when grown on soils with a low ph.