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July 7, 2022
Hydrangeas are some of the most beloved flowering shrubs. If you’re not already a believer, here are some reasons to add hydrangeas to your garden this summer!
4 REASONS TO CHOOSE A HYDRANGEA!
Hydrangeas adapt well to Canadian gardens and are available in a shrub, vine, or tree form. There are six common species of hydrangeas and within those two different types — those to prune and those NOT to prune.
Panicle and Smooth Hydrangeas both bloom on new wood which means they require pruning. When pruning, cut above new buds to allow for the new growth.
These species bloom on old wood meaning you do not need to prune the branches. If you have pruned these plants in the fall, you will notice a drastic reduction of blooms on your plants the next spring. Simply deadhead the spent flowers in the late fall or spring instead to allow for new growth.
Hydrangeas are perfect for garden beds as specimen plants and shrub borders. They can also be used in container planting. When first planted, hydrangeas require a little extra attention and watering, but once established, they are very easy plants that do not need constant care.
One of the most important keys to hydrangea success is appropriate watering. ‘Hydra’ comes from the Greek word for water and “angeon” meaning vessel referring to the seed capsules’ resemblance to ancient Greek water-carrying vessels. While they do require plenty of water they don’t like to sit in soggy soil, so keep things moist – but not overly wet.
Here are some basic tips to follow
All hydrangeas undergo some colour change as the flowers age, but Bigleaf and Mountain hydrangeas can change their floral colour based on the Ph of their soil.
Adding garden soil enhancement products to the surrounding soil when planting, or on the top layer of soil around the root zone of existing plants allows you to alter the bloom colour in shades of blue and pink.
Understanding the pruning requirements of your hydrangea and a bit of attention to watering will provide years of enjoyment from these big, bold, beautiful blooms in your garden.
Sheridan has one of the largest selections of hydrangeas in the GTA. We are known for our quality plants and expert gardening advice.
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