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Hydrangea macrophylla

Common hydrangea

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Pink, Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (215049)

Plant details

A big, blousy, rounded shrub packed with mid-green leaves, flowering in blue and pink in July and August. If you grow it on acid ground, there will be more lilac flowers, while alkaline soil generates pink. Shelter from cold, drying winds is essential as this can spoil the foliage and flowers. To promote plenty of fresh, new, vigorous growth on established plants, cut back hard in early spring. Prune out from one-third to one-quarter of last year's growth to the base each year to encourage the plant to produce new shoots.

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Hydrangea

Species: macrophylla

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink, Blue

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to prune: March to March


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