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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 - 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
Lacecap - mauve-blue flowers and compact habit
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