Hand­some hy­drangeas

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A cou­ple of weeks ago, un­der the aus­pices of BBC Gar­den­ers’ World, we vis­ited Hy­drangea Derby. It’s a most un­usual gar­den that’s run en­tirely by vol­un­teers, yet boasts a Na­tional Col­lec­tion of Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata. Within the two-acre walled gar­den there are scores of va­ri­eties and many other mem­bers of the hy­drangea clan. Be­low the walls are many more, given a new lease of life by the vol­un­teers. There are old H. pan­ic­u­lata here, too. They should be pruned hard in late au­tumn or early spring. H. macro­phylla, both mop­heads and lace­caps, flower on old wood so just need a tidy up. Nonethe­less, re­ally old plants ben­e­fit from a good prune.

We looked at the H. ar­borescens group too, specif­i­cally ‘Annabelle’. It tends to run un­der­ground throw­ing up lots of new shoots. It can be cut back hard right to the ground since it flow­ers on new wood, too. Hy­drangea Derby is open to the pub­lic – you can even take your dog!

Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata has pleas­ing pan­i­cles of flower. This one’s ‘Vanille Fraise’

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