Hydrangeas are a beautiful and versatile addition to any garden. With their lush foliage and large, colourful flowers, they can create a stunning focal point in any outdoor space. If you’re looking to add some vibrancy and life to your garden this Summer, the Hydrangea is definitely a plant to consider.
At Diacos, we’re big fans of the Hydrangea, and we know that many of our customers are too. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to grow and care for these wonderful plants.
They are a type of flowering shrub that are native to Asia and The Americas. They are hardy and resilient plants that can continue to grow and bloom for many years if they are given the right care and attention. There are several different varieties of Hydrangea, with some of the most popular including the Mophead, the Lacecap and the Evergreen.
One of the things that makes Hydrangeas so popular is their stunning blooms. These exotic flowers burst into life from late November through to early February, adding a burst of colour and vibrancy to your garden during the Summer months. However, despite their reputation as Summer plants, they can actually be planted in your garden at almost any time of the year, as long as it’s not during the peak of a harsh winter.
To ensure that your Hydrangeas grow and bloom to their full potential, it’s important to provide them with the right conditions. Hydrangeas prefer a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter, and they require plenty of water during the Summer months. They also benefit from regular feeding with a good quality fertiliser, especially during the growing season.
One of the key things to remember when caring for Hydrangeas is that the colour of the flowers can be influenced by the pH level of the soil. For example, if the soil is acidic, the flowers will be blue, while if the soil is alkaline, the flowers will be pink. If you want to change the colour of your Hydrangea flowers, you can do so by adjusting the pH level of the soil using a soil acidifier or alkaliser.
In terms of pruning, it’s important to remember that they bloom on the previous year’s wood. This means that if you prune them too early in the year, you may be cutting off the buds that will produce the flowers. If you need to prune your Hydrangea, it’s best to do so in late Winter or early Spring, just before the new growth begins.
Another thing to keep in mind when growing Hydrangeas is that they can be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. Common problems include powdery mildew, leaf spot, and various insect infestations. To prevent these issues, it’s important to keep your Hydrangeas well-watered, well-fed, and free from any debris or dead plant material that could harbour pests and diseases.
In summary, if you’re looking for a beautiful and vibrant addition to your garden this Summer, it is definitely a plant to consider. With their lush foliage and stunning blooms, they can create a striking focal point in any outdoor space. By providing them with the right conditions, and taking good care of them throughout the year, you can enjoy these beautiful plants for many years to come. So why not come and check out our selection of Hydrangeas at Diacos, and start planning your perfect Summer garden today?