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Choosing the perfect Hydrangea

08 Dec, 2021

Hydrangeas come in a remarkable variety of shapes and sizes. If you are a fan of the classic mopheads, lacecaps and compact snowballs, or the more unusual oakleafs or paniculata, there is something stunning for every garden setting.

Our Top Varieties

Snow Ball

Growing only 1m high, this is one of the smallest hydrangeas, which makes it perfect for small gardens. The deep green foliage is beautifully offset by huge white blooms.

Renate Steiniger

With large blue mophead flowers, Renate Steiniger is one of the most sought-after varieties and grows to around 1.5m tall.

Raspberry Crush

Growing to 60cm x 60cm, this small variety produces brilliant raspberry-coloured blooms against compact, green foliage.

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet has large creamy white flowers that bloom from spring until late summer. These are one of the best hydrangeas to use as cut flowers, and they can grow to 1.2m high.

Ayesha

This striking bush can grow to 1.8m tall. It has unusual globular flowers with a mild fragrance, which range from cream to pink and blue depending on the pH of the soil.

Nightingale

Growing to 1.5m tall, this variety has deep blue-purple lacecaps with soft green foliage on a bush with upright growth habit. Tolerant to sun and coastal conditions, Nightingale is known to have the best blue lacecap blooms.

Tips to Help You Grow Well

Most hydrangeas need part sun to full shade and like to be in free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Choose a spot where you want colour in the summer, but are fine with it being a little bare in winter.


Planting

Hydrangeas (much like roses) are best planted in the ground. If you have clay soil, dig the hole twice as deep and wide as the pot it comes in, put a handful of Claybreaker Gypsum in the bottom, and backfill halfway with a mix of compost and the clay soil. Sprinkle a handful of Kings 24 +fertiliser, and then fill the remaining hole with the compost/clay mix. Mulch with Living Earth More ThanMulch, then water deeply to finish.


Care

Once established, your hydrangeas won’t need a lot of maintenance. Feed from early spring to early autumn with Kings Fast Food Liquid Fertiliser, or Kings Rose Food. If you have an older hydrangea, you can strengthen the colour with Yates pinking or blueing agents. Water once or twice every two weeks, and when the hydrangea shrubs lose their leaves for a well-earned rest in winter, cut back two-thirds of the new growth to improve growth and blooms for the following year.


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