HYDRANGEA

Commonly known as Hortensia

All 2 year old plants. Hydrangeas flower pink or red on an alkaline (lime) soil. They flower blue or purple on an acid (peaty) soil. White varieties remain constant especially in semi-shade. We recommend the use of Hydrangea blueing agent for all blue varieties. Due to the difficulties of growing blue Hydrangeas in pots, the first flush of flowers may flower pink. All Flower JUL-OCT.

Colour-changing mopheads and lacecaps in shades of pink, white and blue from early summer to late autumn and delicate skeletons of flower through the winter.

Cones of white from paniculata and bronze and purple foliage from quercifolia.

Genus of 80 or more species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and climbers. They originate from woodland in eastern Asia and North and South America.

The larger, showier flowers on flat, domed or conical flower heads are sterile, the smaller, fertile flowers are usually found in the centre. The climbers are suitable for a shady wall or fence and mature specimens provide shelter for insects.

Paniculata species attract insects as they have fertile flowers amongst the sterile ones.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Semi-evergreen
    Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
  • Climber
    Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Tall Shrub
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Introduced by Sir Joseph Banks from a Chinese garden. Originally named H. hortensis which gave rise to the old name 'Hortensia' . Now H. macrophylla (common hydrangea) is divided into 2 groups, Lacecaps and Hortensias(mopheads). Acid soils with a pH of less than 5.5 produce blue flowers; those above, pink. Neutral soils can be influenced by blueing compound. White flowers are not affected by pH value.
    Place of origin
    Eastern Asia, North and South America.
  • Burncoose Specialities
    Hydrangeas
  • Soil Conditions
    Neutral to acid soil
    Acid soils will produce blue/purple
    Neutral to alkaline soil
    Alkaline will produce pink/red flowers.
  • Toxic - Category C
    May cause skin allergy
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HYDRANGEA 'Jogasaki'

HYDRANGEA 'Jogasaki'

Hortensia

Lacecap (synonym Fireworks Blue, Fireworks Pink) Blue or pink tinged flowers on this unusual and spectacular form, depending on the acidity of the soil.

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Joseph Banks'

HYDRANGEA 'Joseph Banks'

Hortensia

Mophead - usually pale blue stained violet

 
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HYDRANGEA 'King George'

HYDRANGEA 'King George'

Hortensia

Mophead - one of the best reds with good autumn colour

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Lanarth'

HYDRANGEA 'Lanarth'

Hortensia

Lacecap - white

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Libelle'

HYDRANGEA 'Libelle'

Hortensia

Lacecap - best white

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Love you Kiss'

HYDRANGEA 'Love you Kiss'

Hortensia

Lacecap - an outstanding variety with white florets which have reddish edges and a hint of orange. New growth has a reddish tinge in early summer

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Magical Amethyst'

HYDRANGEA 'Magical Amethyst'

Hortensia

Mophead - flowers opening lime green, changing to pink and ageing to pink/green

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Magical Coral'

HYDRANGEA 'Magical Coral'

Hortensia

Mophead - starting green, changing to pink/green, then pink and ageing to white/green with pink edges

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Magical Noblesse'

HYDRANGEA 'Magical Noblesse'

Hortensia

Mophead - green/white flowers varying in shade through the season

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Magical Revolution Blue'

HYDRANGEA 'Magical Revolution Blue'

Hortensia

Mophead - blue, changing through purple-blue notes to green through the season

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Masja'

HYDRANGEA 'Masja'

Hortensia

Mophead - compact habit, red flowers

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Merveille Sanguine'

HYDRANGEA 'Merveille Sanguine'

Hortensia

Mophead - purplish foliage turning red in the autumn. Blood red flower heads

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Mirai'

HYDRANGEA 'Mirai'

Hortensia

Mophead - white, with a beautiful red rim around each petal

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Miss Saori'

HYDRANGEA 'Miss Saori'

Hortensia

Mophead - RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2014. Striking rose and white double flowers contrasting with dark foliage

 
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HYDRANGEA 'Mme E. Mouillere'

HYDRANGEA 'Mme E. Mouillere'

Hortensia

Mophead - white, pink-tinged when fading

 
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