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Friday, May 20, 2016
Posted By: Suvan Breen in Shrubs

 

Oh the fabulous hydrangea! Of all the flowering shrubs this one has always been a show stopper but in 2016 this is not just your grandmas pink or blue hydrangea anymore.

Blue Hydrangea Flowers

I am not sure what I am more excited about, the ever blooming varieties that just go all summer or the new multi coloured flowers that change colour over their bloom time, Hydrangeas are blowing me away right now.

There are so many new varieties and colours that will make you stop in your tracks, come on into the nursery to see what we have for you.

As you may have guessed from their name, Hydrangeas love water, plant in a moist but well drained space, spring is a great time for planting, water the roots deep down to help them to establish in the garden. Once again I highly recommend soaker hoses if you do not have irrigation, this is a great way to reduce your water bill and still deep water your plants.

 

Having said that there are certain things to know about the Hydrangeas we love. Here are the top Hydrangea questions I have had over the years.

Hydrangea Types

Are There Different Types of Hydrangeas?

Yes, there are several types of Hydrangeas with flower colours ranging from white to shades of pink to blue. The classic variety is called Hydrangea macrophylla and can have either the big Mophead type flower or a flattened lacecap-like bloom. Lace cap varieties are great for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. The Mountain Hydrangea, or Hydrangea serrata typically has a white lacecap-like flower. Pannicle Hydrangeas, or Hydrangea paniculata has large white to creamy white flowers in conical shapes. Hydrangea arborescens or Smooth Hydrangeas typically have large white blooms. Finally, the Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia has attractive white flowers but also offers stunning fall foliage colour.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas

What Is An Endless Summer Hydrangea?

Most Hydrangeas bloom on old wood. In recent years, plant breeders have introduced new varieties that bloom on both new and old wood. They are often called “ReBloomers”. The end result is a plant the produces more flowers and blooms for longer through the season. It also makes them less vulnerable to late winter, flower bud damaging frosts. Endless Summer was the first of the group but new ones like Twist and Shout, Let's Dance Moonlight and Blushing Bride are also available. More information is available on the Endless Summer Hydrangea Website

Should I Fertilize My Hydrangea?

In most cases, yes. For established plants, feed your plant a fertilizer with a high middle number in early spring just as new growth begins. This will create larger and bigger flowers. For new plants, apply a Bonemeal into the planting hole or use a liquid transplant fertilizer when you water.

Changing Hydrangea Flower Colour

How Do I Change The Colour of My Hydrangea?

Hydrangeas react to the availability of aluminum in your soil. If you want pink flowers, add lime to your soil once a year, the lime blocks the plant from absorbing aluminum. Looking for blue flowers? Add Aluminum Sulphate in water and water the soil around your Hydrangea. Be patient, this process will take 2-3 seasons to achieve the colour switch. White flowering types do not change colour.

Where Can I Plant My Hydrangea?

Most Hydrangeas want morning sun and afternoon shade, with the exception of Peegees which benefit from full sun. Late afternoon sun is too strong for many Hydrangeas and can burn both the leaves and flowers. Full shade may result in a lack of blooms, make sure your hydrangea gets at least 4 hours of morning light to grow strong. A location with part sun to part shade is ideal.

Pink Hydrangea Blooms

Why Is My Hydrangea Not Blooming?

Back away from the pruners! The most common reason for no blooms is over pruning or pruning at the wrong time of year. Some Hydrangeas bloom on new growth and some bloom on old growth, if your Hydrangea is not blooming, you may have pruned the flower buds. Hydrangeas really do not require a great deal of pruning but if you are pruning there are guidelines depending on the variety you choose. Deadhead your Hydrangea to encourage repeat blooming.

Another common cause of poor blooms is an early spring cold snap. As many varieties bloom on old wood, a late frost can damage the flower buds.

Your Hydrangea will also produce more and better blooms with a yearly application of fertilizer with a higher middle number

Hydrangea Cityline Rio

How Do I Prune My Hydrangea?

The correct method to prune Hydrangeas depends on which type you have.

ReBlooming Varieties

The Hydrangeas require very little pruning and will keep you in blooms all season long. You should only prune to remove dead wood.

Hydrangeas That Bloom On Old Wood

These shrubs should only be pruned to remove dead wood or to manage size. As they bloom on old wood, a severe pruning can remove next years flower buds. If you must prune, do so after flowering. Hydrangeas that bloom on old wood include:

  • Big Leaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea macrophylla
  • Mountain Hydrangea - Hydrangea serrata
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangeas That Bloom On New Wood

For these varieties, prune in late winter or early spring. Varieties blooming on new wood include:

  • Pannicle Hydrangea- Hydrangea paniculata
  • Smooth Hydrangea - Hydrangea arboresens

If you have any other questions about hydrangeas, please feel free to drop by Arts Nursery and ask! We'd be happy to help!


Friday, June 17, 2011
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Shrubs

HydrangeasThere is no good reason why you shouldn’t have at least one of these in your garden. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite shrubs and lend themselves nicely to almost any garden theme or style.

For summer colour and interest they are lovely and indeed, there are some with spring, fall and winter colour and interest. They are not particularly fussy. Most preferring a moist, well draining, soil in part to full shade.

If you have purchased pink mop head hydrangeas and want to keep them pink add lime to the soil and a fertilizer higher in phosphorous. If you like the change to blue or purplish blue, our usual acid soil should do the trick as long as there is aluminum available in your soil or you can add aluminum sulphate to the soil which both acidifies the soil and ensures that needed aluminum is present.

Regular pruning is not needed with the exception of thinning or removing old wood or damaged branches to encourage an open habit. Regular trimming back of the branches in winter like the folks down the street with their mophead variety yields them a whopping 2 bloom heads at last count.

Many varieties of mopheads and lacecaps and of course the oak leaved hydrangeas bloom mainly on wood produced the previous summer, thus pruning them vigorously in fall or winter will often transform them from a lovely flowering eye catcher to a tidy green flowerless mound of a shrub.

Now, there are some varieties that can handle vigorous pruning…if you are one of those who feel the need to prune, you should have one of the ‘Endless Summer’ varieties of hydrangeas. If you do have one of the mophead, lacecap or oak leaved hydrangeas and need to shrink it a bit because you’ve got it crammed in to your garden too close to the other plants like mine is, you can do a bit of pruning to decrease size in July.

The panicle type hydrangeas such as the Pee Gee hydrangea are far more forgiving as they bloom on the current seasons wood and can be pruned lightly if needed almost any time, though I’d avoid pruning in the later spring.

Here is a list of my top 7fave hydrangeas for the landscape:



endless summer hydrangea

Hydrangea 'Endless Summer'
A very popular mophead hydrangea with blue flowers. One of the first of 'Endless Summer' varieties which bloom on this years growth. (Most hydrangeas bloom on last years wood).

Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris. This climber clings to stone, wood and other surfaces. It has lacy white flowers and looks just as lovely in the winter time when you can see the shredding cinnamon coloured bark.

Lemon Daddy Hydrangea

Hydrangea 'Lemon Daddy'
A new hydrangea variety with golden yellow foliage. A great way to liven up a shady spot in your garden.

Hydrangea aspera Villosa
Which is a larger growing hydrangea with rich dark green, softy leaves (according to my daughter). The huge flowers are a magical purple blue with purple outer florets. It is an absolute marvel and I was sad to say goodbye to it when I moved. I will get another…just as soon as my two legged and four legged family matures a little from the garden wrecking gang they are currently. (not always available)

Pee Gee Hydrangea

Pee Gee Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’. An absolute stunner in full on bloom with those massive white panicles fading to a rose pink and then a copper in the fall along with lovely yellow fall leaves. Another tall selection, this variety can take full sun so long as there is adequate moisture available.

Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia. This variety is my most favorite in the fall, thought the mix of lace and white florets in the large blossoms are fantastic, the huge oak shaped leaves turn a spectacular scarlet, orange and deep rich burgundy in the fall.

Little Honey Oakleaf Hydrangea

Little Honey Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ All the plusses of the oakleaf in a smaller, to-die-for golden leaved plant. A definite must have for a shady spot!! (please call to confirm availability)

Art's Nursery carries a large and diverse selection of hydrangeas and many other deciduous shrubs. Please call to confirm availability or come on by and find that perfect plant for your garden. We look forward to serving you!


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