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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.
DeciduousAnd evergreen shrubs and climbers.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunshelter from cold winds
Harmful if eatenThese will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
May cause skin allergy or irritantHaving skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
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
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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