Dainty as a lace cap

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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.

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