GARDEN SHOP THREE VIBRANT OAK-LEAVED HYDRANGEAS
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The humble oak-leaved hydrangea is often underappreciated, but unfairly so – this easy-togrow group offers variety and interest for all areas of the garden.
Graced with enormous pointed flowers, it’s ideal for providing height and drama, producing the most stunning autumnal displays that vary from white to ruby red and the darkest purple.
The large panicles are supported by strong, woody stems that should be pruned immediately after flowering.
Oak-leaved hydrangeas thrive in fertile, moist soil in semi-shade, and therefore love clay soil substrates.
Hardy to -20C.
Another AGM-winning, late-flowering beauty, ‘Snowflake’ bursts with fat, tapering panicles of white, cream, green and pink from July to early October. The florets are doubled, adding definition and interest to an autumn bouquet. As a larger shrub, it is ideal for bulking out the centre of a border with its deciduous, boldly lobed foliage. Tolerant of sunnier locations. Height and spread 8ft (2.5m).
Bred and introduced by William Flemmer III in 1979, ‘Snow Queen’ is an upright, mounding shrub. Flowering from July to September, and deservedly AGM-winning for its vigorous nature, ‘Snow Queen’ features exuberant, bicoloured, 1ft (30cm)-long panicles in green and white. Also admired for its reliability and well-coloured, robust, deeply lobed leaves. Height and spread 6ft 6in (2m).