Heav­enly hy­drangeas

Here are some tips to en­sure your hy­drangeas keep their colour

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING - yates.co.nz

Hy­drangeas are stun­ning flow­er­ing shrubs, and make a beau­ti­ful in­clu­sion in cool to warm tem­per­ate zone gar­dens.

New gor­geous va­ri­eties of hy­drangeas are be­ing re­leased reg­u­larly and flower colours in­clude the tra­di­tional bril­liant blue, white and bright pink, as well as ruby red, lime green and multi-toned and lace­cap flower heads.

With sum­mer just ar­rived, it’s hy­drangea flow­er­ing sea­son.

Here are a few tips to help keep your hy­drangeas healthy in prepa­ra­tion for their showy flow­ers:

Most hy­drangeas pre­fer grow­ing in a po­si­tion pro­tected from harsh sun. Morn­ing sun and af­ter­noon shade are ideal or dap­pled sun all day.

Keep hy­drangeas well-watered, as the large leaves can rapidly lose mois­ture and wilt. Hy­drangea fo­liage can also be sus­cep­ti­ble to sunburn dur­ing hot dry weather. Move pot­ted hy­drangeas into a more shel­tered lo­ca­tion. Ap­ply Yates Thrive Nat­u­ral Sea­weed Tonic around the root zone of hy­drangeas to help them cope with heat and drought stress.

Feed hy­drangeas reg­u­larly with Dy­namic Lifter Or­ganic Plant Food. It con­tains a rich blend of chicken ma­nure, blood and bone, fish­meal and sea­weed and pro­vides slowre­lease or­ganic nu­tri­ents to hy­drangeas and im­proves the qual­ity of the soil. Scat­ter Dy­namic Lifter around the root zone of hy­drangeas and wa­ter in well.

Watch for white, tal­cum pow­der­look­ing spots on leaves which could in­di­cate the dam­ag­ing dis­ease pow­dery mildew. Reg­u­lar sprays of Rose Gun will keep pow­dery mildew un­der con­trol.

Grow a Vil­lage Green

If the idea of a beau­ti­ful vin­tage gar­den bor­der over­flow­ing with flow­ers sounds won­der­ful, then Yates Vil­lage Green Vin­tage Bor­der Mix is for you.

It em­braces the iconic gar­den­ing style of yes­ter­year, with an in­for­mal and ro­man­tic blend of more than 43 va­ri­eties of flow­ers. It will ra­di­ate old­fash­ioned charm with a rain­bow of vi­brant colours and will help at­tract bees and but­ter­flies into your gar­den.

Bor­der Mix con­tains gor­geous flow­ers in­clud­ing cam­pan­ula, cheri­anthus, chrysan­the­mum, corn­flower, cos­mos, dahlia, del­phinium, dianthus, dig­i­talis, gode­tia, gyp­sophila, hol­ly­hock, lark­spur, lupin, matthi­ola, nemophila, nigella and poppy. It can be sown all year round and the re­sult will vary de­pend­ing on the cli­mate and time of year.

This blend is best suited to a gar­den bed or bor­der that re­ceives at least six hours of sun­shine a day. It’s easy to sow this mix by scat­ter­ing seeds thinly di­rect where they are to grow onto bare soil and rake lightly into the soil sur­face. Firm down, keep moist and seedlings will start to emerge in 7-21 days.

To pro­mote lots of gor­geous colour, feed the flower bed each week with Thrive Flower & Fruit Sol­u­ble Fer­tiliser, which pro­vides a com­plete and bal­anced diet of nu­tri­ents as well as be­ing boosted with ad­di­tional potas­sium to en­cour­age flow­er­ing. Keep the soil moist and reg­u­larly trim spent flow­ers to help pro­long the flower show.

Grow­ing tip: Con­trol any weeds in your flower bed with Na­ture’s Way Or­ganic Weed Gun two weeks be­fore sow­ing seed, as weeds will com­pete with your new flower seedlings.

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