Hydrangeas now back in fashion
Hydrangeas are the fashion flower for 2018.
I remember as a child, picking off the big flower stems and having battleswith the cousins. As Iwas the youngest they would pick on me and Iwould end up with all the flowers throughmyhair. Thus get caught out!
At the time I had no idea what these big flowers were. Who would have thought they would be one of the most popular summer flowering plants of 2018!
Hydrangeas have been around for years and tomy way of thinking are one of the best long term easy care and fabulous flowering plants. Many old gardens have hydrangeas in them that have been there for years, creating a great backbone. The flowers last for months and for those that are time poor, they are a winner.
Hydrangeas are brilliant for both the modern garden and pots and the range that we have available now is extensive.
They are about to come into flower and once they do, they rush out the door as people love to use them for a bold colour splash.
Hydrangeas can be used in many differentways. Plant as a backbone in the garden, blend into shrub borders, plant under trees or along the cool shady side of the house or use as colour in pots on the patio and around your shady front door areas.
The colours range from pure white blooms of Bridal Bouquet, right through to the Gentian Blue of Blue Diamond and raspberry blooms of Bloody Marvellous (aka Raspberry Crush). We also have Limelight, which as you guessed is a lime colour, and a myriad of other tones.
Hydrangea flowers can change colour depending on the soil fertility. As an example, in the BOP, pink hydrangeas will often change to amauve or blue. Flower colour can be easily changed by adding lime to keep things pink or aluminium sulphate for blue.
Changes should appear in a few weeks. The commercial flower growers plant hydrangeas in bags so they can control the pHof the soil and thus the colour of the flower.
Keep your hydrangeas wellwatered, especially through the summer. Plantwith some quality Magic compost and general garden fertiliser. The whites definitely prefer shade. Plant en masse for the best displays and enjoy colour all summer long.