how to grow hy­drangeas

Gardening Australia - - PLANTS -

● Grow in a shaded spot – east, south or south-west as­pects are ideal

● Wa­ter well in sum­mer. Plants that dry out wilt, and their flowers may burn

● Plants grow­ing in sunny spots need ad­di­tional wa­ter­ing Hy­drangeas are de­cid­u­ous shrubs that grow and flower from the sub­trop­ics to the coolest gar­dens in Aus­tralia. Their abil­ity to per­form in the shade, and lack of pest or dis­ease prob­lems, makes them a won­der­ful as­set in any gar­den. Here’s a check­list to fol­low to get the best from hy­drangeas, new or old.

● Prune in au­tumn (af­ter flow­er­ing) or in win­ter, cutting the flow­ered stems back to two plump buds

● Don’t prune stems that didn’t flower in the past sum­mer

● Ap­ply com­plete fer­tiliser in spring as new growth re­sumes

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