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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.
EvergreenLeathery, dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long, sharply toothed on young plants
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingVigorous, woody climber, clinging by aerial roots. Produces flowerheads to 15cm (6in) across with predominantly fertile flowers from large, spherical buds
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sunShelter from cold, drying winds
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesAphids, red spider mites, scale insects, vine weevils, capsid bugs, grey mould (Botrytis), hydrangea virus, powdery mildew, leaf spot, honey fungusPlace of originChile, Argentina
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)Serrate (see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilModerately fertile. Humus-rich
Toxic - Category CMay cause skin allergy(People & Pets) Maybe harmful to pets if eaten
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Buy Varieties of HYDRANGEA
Mophead - red, medium growing
Mophead - frilled blue or red
Mophead - deep red, dwarfish habit
Mophead - blue or pink lilac-like flowers
Mophead - very large deep blue flowers
Lacecap - double blue lace-cap flowers with a yellow eye
Lacecap - ('Mariesii Perfecta')
Mophead - deepest navy blue on acid soil, one of the finest blues. AM 1993
Mophead - purplish-blue to dark pink
Lacecap - (syn. 'Jomari') this exceptional new pure white hydrangea has double star-shaped florets - like exploding fireworks with thin bowed little stems connected with the inflorescence
Mophead - vivid rose or a good blue depending on soil conditions
Lacecap - red or purple
Mophead (syn. Schloss Wackerbath) Pink/purple mophead flowers with green tips and blue centre
Mophead - very dense mophead
Lacecap - flowers white flushed pink in summer fading to green in autumn
Lacecap (synonym Fireworks Blue, Fireworks Pink) Blue or pink tinged flowers on this unusual and spectacular form, depending on the acidity of the soil.
Mophead - usually pale blue stained violet
Mophead - one of the best reds with good autumn colour
Lacecap - white
Lacecap - best white
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
Mophead - flowers opening lime green, changing to pink and ageing to pink/green
Mophead - starting green, changing to pink/green, then pink and ageing to white/green with pink edges
Mophead - green/white flowers varying in shade through the season
Mophead - blue, changing through purple-blue notes to green through the season
Mophead - compact habit, red flowers
Mophead - white, with a beautiful red rim around each petal
Mophead - RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2014. Striking rose and white double flowers contrasting with dark foliage
Mophead - white, pink-tinged when fading
Mophead - striking black stems and pale blue flowers