Hy­drangeas now back in fash­ion

Bay News - - YOUR GARDEN - Ginny Clark ■ www.decor­gar­den­world.co.nz \www.face­book.com/ decor­gar­den­world Colour­ful hy­drangeas.

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.

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