Hydrangeas are among the most popular of plants. Their huge midsummer flowers can almost stop traffic, but may be tricky to grow. However, with careful selection, virtually all gardeners can enjoy hydrangeas.
When choosing a plant, note the type of hydrangea. Big leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) have large colorful flowers and are very popular even though they are the least hardy type. The blooms often fail because of a hard winter, an untimely frost or inappropriate pruning.
Most gardeners will find greater success with Panicle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata). These plants are very hardy and bloom reliably wherever you live. They can be pruned at any time and still produce plenty of fluffy summer flowers. These hydrangeas bloom every year, even after hard winters, late frosts, or overzealous pruning. Panicle hydrangeas are adaptable to sun or part shade, and tolerate most soils. Unlike big leaf hydrangeas, their blooms are not affected by soil pH.
Most panicle hydrangeas have white flowers, but newer varieties have more colors. ‘Limelight’ has large soft green flowers that turn pink each fall. Limelight grows in sun or partial shade. Winner of the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal, Limelight is a great addition to existing shrub borders, or planted en masse as a low-maintenance hedge. The flowers are perfect for cutting and will retain some green color when dried.
Quick Fire™ is another new variety that blooms very early in the season. Quick Fire will open white and turn to a rich pink by midsummer. It is one of the earliest blooming hydrangeas, and is in full bloom before others have even begun to open. Plant it with Limelight for months of flowers.
‘Little Lamb’ has delicate florets packed into fluffy white clusters. The big masses of flowers appear to dance across the foliage like lambs in a field. Children especially will enjoy picking flowers for mother all summer long! Cold and hardy like Limelight and Quick Fire, it does not need winter protection.
Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are another easy-to-grow, cold-hardy type. Hardy as far north as Minnesota, varieties like White Dome
If you have not yet installed outdoor lighting in your yard, you are in for a real treat. Not only will you be adding a , read more Light Up Your Garden
Exotic lumber is simply exotic wood that is found around the world. Remember that the term exotic as it’s used here in the US , read more Exotic Lumber Products Reserved For Those Who Love The Feel Of Forever
Introduction: Keeping your garden looking good whilst using it for a variety of needs is not as hard as you might think with a bit , read more Tips On How To Plan A Harmonious Family Garden
Landscaping is usually a fairly big task, consuming much time and energy. But before you hire that professional, here are some tips that could save , read more 3 Tips In Landscaping Your Garden