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