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Commonly known as Hortensia
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.
Semi-evergreenKeeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
ClimberSome 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 shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunshelter from cold winds
Additional FeaturesGood to knowIntroduced 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.Pests & DiseasesRed spider mites, vine weevils, scale insects, capsid bugs, grey mould(Botrytis), Hydrangea virus, powdery mildew, leaf spot, honey fungus.Place of originEastern Asia, North and South America.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus -rich
Toxic - Category CMay cause skin allergy
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Buy Varieties of HYDRANGEA
Mophead - striking black stems and pale blue flowers
Mophead - bright blue
Mophead - glowing pink with bronze foliage and stems
Mophead - free-flowering deep blue
RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018. White lacecap flowers with flowers forming along the stems creating a profusion of blooms
Lacecap - white with attractive deep purple-pink margined flowers
Lacecap - bicoloured white with red flowers
Lacecap - intense purple-pink florets
Mophead - mophead with large dark red flowers which are pinker at the base. A new introduction
Lacecap - large pink to light pink flowers and a dark tinge to the edge of the leaves. A new introduction
flattened white flowerheads, best in shade
Mophead - red, blue or purple (depending on soil) with a most striking and unusual whitish picotee edge to each petal
Lacecap - deeper purple than G. Chadbund with attractive upraised florets before the flower opens fully
Lacecap - the most stunning electric blue hydrangea we have seen. AM 1993 (Also known as Tellers Pink)
Lacecap - variegated
Lacecap - large free-flowering white
(syn. Black Steel). White mophead with near black stems
Lacecap - blue flowering hydrangea which flowers right through the summer and has characteristically dark stems
very large creamy-white flowerheads
dainty white flower heads. Serrated leaves
hardy variety with cone-shaped white flowerheads
similar to 'Annabelle' but with even larger flowers
similar to 'Annabelle' but with smaller pink flowers
large pink flowers on strong stems
Lacecap - dark flowered form with globe-like lilac blossoms surrounded by pink florets
Lacecap - chocolate brown foliage and soft pink lacecap flowers
one of the earliest flowering paniculatas. Cream flowers ageing to pinkish-purple on red stems
(syn. 'Bulk') - large conical white panicles ageing to reddish-pink
large panicles of numerous white sterile florets in summer and autumn becoming deep pink