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How to Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the most showy flowers in the garden, read our tips on how to grow beautiful hydrangeas at home.

The summer garden wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas. These old-fashioned shrubs have made a resurgence in recent years but for us they never really went out of fashion. Read our tips on how to grow these pretty blooms.

1. Plant in semi-shade

When planting hydrangeas think position, position, position – they need a semi-shade spot away from the harsh afternoon sun and strong, hot winds. Hydrangeas will not tolerate a hot sun position, making them perfect for shady parts of the garden with dappled light.

2. Water deeply

Hydrangeas should be watered deeply and regularly through summer (leaves will start to droop telling you its time to water).

3. Fertilise

Apply a liquid fertiliser in spring and autumn and mulch year round to protect roots. Hydrangeas will enjoy rich organic matter.

4. Soil

Grow hydrangeas in a rich, moist and well-draining soil. The colour of these spectacular blooms for some hydrangea varieties will alter depending on the soil – more acidic soils produce blue blooms, alkaline soil produce red, pink and purple whereas white will stay white regardless of the soil.

5. Climate

Hydrangeas grow best in temperate to cool climates. Talk to your local nursery about which hydrangea variety to grow in your area. Plant hydrangeas in early spring, well before the heat of high summer.

Following a few simple rules will reward you with beautiful hydrangea blooms every year!

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10 comments on “How to Grow Hydrangeas

  1. I love them! 🙂

  2. They really are beautiful. Gorgeous photos.

  3. There have been a lot of really beautiful ones this year.

  4. Can never go wrong with Hydrangea and old world roses… and daylilies, lots and lots and lots of daylilies too 🙂 Very beautiful blue, I’m going to attempt to grow the blue H this year.

  5. Love hydrangeas, planted one last year and hoping for a full bloom of loveliness this year. Beautiful photos on this post 😍

  6. WOW these are so incredible, I just love hydrangeas!

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  8. I love your blog! I too am an avid gardener, and because my gardens are shaded by oak trees, hydrangeas take all of the glory!

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