Hydrangea

Family: Hydrangeaceae


Plant type Shrub
Height 24 inches to 6 feet
Spread 24 inches to 6 feet
Habit Bushy
Foliage Deciduous
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers
Uses Borders
Skill level Beginner
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 3
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Very acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate to fertile
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Blue, pink, red, white
Flower season Mid summer to early autumn
Flower size Large to very large
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features
Wildlife
Texture Medium, rough

Hydrangeas are dense, deciduous bushes bearing very large flowers heads throughout summer. Flower heads are either 'mophead' with a large rounded flower cluster, or 'lacecap' with a center of smaller flowers surrounded by larger four petaled flowers. Flowers are either white, blue or pink, the colour depending on the soil type: pink on alkaline soil, blue on acid ones.

Most common varieties are hardy up to about zone 6 but other species are hardier. They will grow well on any not too alkaline soil. Most prefer a situation in sun or part shade but some varieties prefer shade.

 

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