A collection of hydrangeas is a must in a complete garden. In fact, they are simple, vigorous shrubs capable of giving, without too much effort, spectacular and lasting blooms. To have them beautiful, however, you need to have the right environmental conditions. The soil must be fresh, but well drained and, possibly, slightly acidic. The best exposure is without doubt the half shade (direct light only in the morning) or the constant light shade.
However, not everyone has these conditions: you can then opt for species and varieties other than the classic “macrophylla”. The choice is really wide and, with a bit of caution, we will not have trouble finding that they tolerate the sun or the calcareous soil. Some of them will surprise us for the autumn colouring of the leaves, for the unusual deportment or maybe for the abundant re-flowering! Here is a selection!
Hydrangea Quercifolia Snow Flake
You don’t just have to think about the beauty of the summer garden. There are plants that can give us plenty of flowers in the summer and give us a warm atmosphere when autumn comes. Among these, we would like to point out without a doubt the hydrangeas quercifolia. Their leaves, with their particular lobed shape, are dark green during the growing season and then turn to warm tones in September-October (and in many cases staying until spring).
One of the most interesting is the “Snow Flake”: it can reach large dimensions (even 250 cm in height and width). It produces double and showy panicle-like inflorescences, initially green, then white, then with pink touches. Its strong point, however, are the leaves that turn to intense red with the passing of the months, creating a strong contrast with the young ones, dark green.
- Cultivated in many varieties mainly as an ornamental plant, hydrangea is one of the most widely used species for decorating and embellishing gardens. In this section of giardinaggio.it you will find a lot of different species….
- The botanical name is hydrangea, to the genus belong some tens of species, almost all originating in Asia, and in particular in China, Japan and Korea; most of the hydrangeas cultivated in the EU belong to…
- Hydrangeas are plants of Asian origin, very rustic and easy to grow, deciduous. These plants produce flowers on the new branches, so pruning is done to stimulate the development of the new branches.
- Considering that hydrangea is an acidophile plant, we can say that a pH of 4.5-5 will promote the coloring in shades of blue, purple or white, while with a pH 6-6.5 we will get pink or red hydrangeas. It’ …
Hydrangea Arborescens “Pink Annabelle®”
The hydrangeas arborescens have no equal in the garden: they combine robustness and refinement. The classic “Annabelle”, with its huge, compact white inflorescences, lives quietly in full sun and is an ideal subject to use alone or to create magnificent low-maintenance hedges. It also becomes a precious element to be inserted in dry winter compositions.
In recent years, hybridisers have used it to create new varieties that are even better in many respects. Some, such as the “Pink Annabelle ®” (also called “Invincibelle Spirit ® “) offers the possibility, for a long time, to have inflorescences before intense pink that, hand by hand, fade into softer tones. Another advantage is the robustness of the branches: despite the weight they must support, they are rarely cut down by the pouring rain, giving the plant an upright and orderly appearance.
It has a rather small size (1.2 m), thus adapting to all spaces.
Hydrangea “Runway Bride®”
Perhaps the most significant novelty in recent years in the field of hydrangeas. It has been proclaimed “Plan of the Year 2018” at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is the result of the work of a Japanese hybridizer, Ushio Sakazaky, who crossed a macrophylla with a Chinese variety.
that carries inflorescences all along the branch. The plant thus covers completely of flowers for a very long time, seen that, among other things, it shows also a marked propensity to re-flowering. It is a shrub of small dimensions (it does not reach the metre and a half of height) and has an elegantly arched habit.
It is therefore ideal in small areas or gardens, where it also becomes an excellent wallpaper; it is also a perfect subject to keep in a pot (or even in baskets hung or raised), always with exposure to half a shade.
Hydrangea Paniculata “Vanille Fraise®”
Paniculated hydrangeas are still not widespread, but they should be taken into account more because they can make a good contribution to our summer garden. Those belonging to this species are extremely robust and rustic and have the undoubted advantage of blooming on the branches of the year. There are therefore no difficulties in pruning and neither the risk of alternating between good and poor years. At the end of winter we can cut drastically, leaving few buds at the base.
The result will be a compact specimen with enormous and spectacular conical inflorescences. There are many interesting varieties, but the “Vanille fraise ® ” has had an excellent response thanks to the pinkish color that assume the cobs with the advance of the season and the strength of the branches. Like all the members of this class, it can easily stand a sunny exposure, especially if regularly irrigated.
5 Hydrangea varieties: Hydrangea Anomala SSP . Petiolaris “Silver Linvig®”
An ideal hydrangea for those who need to cover a wall in the shade. After a first year of
settling will begin to grow vigorously (reaching even 5 meters in height for
The city’s vegetation is elegant and luminous,
enhanced by the conspicuous variegation. It blooms a little less than the usual climbing hydrangea, but thanks to the silver present on the edges of the leaves, it is still precious to illuminate the vertical surfaces with originality, avoiding the usual ivy.
But let’s also take it into consideration for sunnier positions: if we have a
Fresh substrate will not give us problems even in summer. It is also used as an elegant soil cover, especially if we have to cover large slopes, while at the same time consolidating the soil.
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