We are recommending you to garnish your shady places of your home garden with Hydrangea, a flowering summer plant, very alike lilac for spring season. Hydrangea macrophylla is the most widely grown species for its large flower heads.
Hydrangea genus includes 70-75 species of flowering plants native of North and South America, especially of southern and eastern Asia.
Hydrangea has beautiful large multicolor inflorescence, which creates a charming view, also lightens the shady corners of your home garden. Therefore Hydrangea must be a part of your lovely garden.
A very interesting thing in Hydrangea is that it changes the flowers color in accordance with the soil ph. If you want blue hydrangea flowers, the soil pH has to be acidic and for a pink view, use an alkaline soil ph (strew some limestone or lime over the garden soil). The neutral soil produces pale cream flowers.
Hydrangea starts to flower in the middle of April (in this flowering phase, the flowers are white and then turn to pink or blue, depending the soil ph) and blooms at the beginning of June. Hydrangea flowers usually last till the end of June, even July. A mature Hydrangea shrub can keep its flowers even 4-6 weeks. After blooming, cut the flowers to permit to another juvenile stem to flower.
Make a hole which cover well the Hydrangea roots then add some mixed soil, making a hill with 5-7 cm up the garden soil level. Finally water well the planting place, using a sprinkler.
Being a flowering bush, it would be very nice to engrain some grass around Hydrangea. Thus the plant will appear as a colored surprise, a peace of heaven.
Hydrangea loves the soil mixture of fertilizer manure and peaty. As we said before, Hydrangea plant feels happy in semi shady places, or in morning sunbeams. As an advice, cover an old fence or a not so pretty corner of your garden planting near Hydrangea. Don’t plant it under a tree, because the roots of the tree will absorb all the natural resources that are helping the Hydrangea too. Plant Hydrangea 1,2 m far from the tree.
As its name suggests, Hydrangea loves the water. So water it every evening, because the water privation gets the leaves dying down. The plant needs more water during the buds growing.
When it’s freezing, protect Hydrangea by covering the soil with leaves, more soil or by sticking a glass over the plant. This plant will resist just till -15 degrees centigrade.
Hydrangea pruning is made in spring. Cut the 1/3 of old fruitless stems, just above the nodule. If it’s not pruned, Hydrangea would keep flowering, but with smaller flowers. And leave the dried flowers on top of their stems, they will protect the new sprigs in winter. Hydrangea paniculata has to be pruned every spring from just above the soil.
You can propagate your Hydrangea by division in early spring. So separate the roots and you’ll obtain more many Hydrangea plants for your garden. Don’t forget to water them well and they’ll be beautiful and plenty of flowers.