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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
long pointed panicles with star-like flowers, erect growing
large panicles of numerous white sterile florets in summer and autumn becoming deep pink
compact habit with lime-green cone-shaped flowers, fading to creamy white and ageing to pink
cream coloured plume-shaped flowers which should be pruned in the spring
flowers are white turning pinkish later
large, conical panicles, lime-green, turning white then pink
large conical white flower clusters becoming pink-flushed as they age. Comparatively large individual florets
dainty flowers in ray-shaped florets, short stiff erect branches, later flowering
similar to 'Grandiflora' but with even larger flowerheads
white flowers which change to dark red very early in the summer
rounded flower heads which turn green in autumn
flowers open white in July, turn pink by August and turn an unmistakable dark red in September. A sensational new introduction
woody climber, clinging by aerial roots. White flowers
golden variegation to the edge of the leaves on this form of petiolaris
greyish-green leaves with silver-edged variegation
with striking orange-red autumn colour, long pointed white flowers, with sterile florets only at the base
large panicles of single white flowers ageing to pink
reddish-purple tinges to the leaves become very pronouced. The best autumn colouring variety of quercifolia
golden yellow leaves. White flowers with red autumn colour
striking form with several series of bracts around each flower head giving a doubled appearance
another outstanding form with large rounded flower heads
large velvety green leaves, with bluish white florets
gold spring foliage edged orange. Mauve flowers surrounded by white florets
(syn. Hydrangea lobbii) - small, narrow leaves. White, lace-cap flowers
compact. Unusually fragrant white lacecap flowers
excellent evergreen climber for shade or north wall, flowers white
reddish-purple flowers on clay soils and sea-blue in acidic soils
blue centre and outer florets deep crimson
pinkish-white flowers with white florets tinged and edged red
pale blue lacecap. Reddish tinted leaves