Baytree Garden Center advice for your hydrangeas

Baytree Garden Center advice for your hydrangeas

This week’s “Out in the Garden” column from Mark Cox of Baytree Garden Center offers some no-nonsense tips for your hydrangeas.

It was early Wednesday evening when I had my weekly phone conversation with my mom. We covered all our usual topics which included the weather, how the family was, and AOG – any other gossip.

I could hear in my mom’s voice that we were nearing the end of the call because it was ten past five and the love of my mom’s life, Alexander Armstrong, was about to host another episode of Pointless. For a while she thought about continuing the conversation just to raise her stress levels.

Some tips on growing climbing hydrangea

However, rather than spoil her enjoyment with Alex – and being the good son I am – I was happy to hang up, so I said goodnight and hung up. To my surprise, within 2 minutes of hanging up, an email alert popped up on my smartphone (yes a smartphone, I don’t know how to use it but it looks good, I’m a sucker for guys!).

A_Armstrong@bbd.co.uk was asking me to suggest a climbing plant for the north facing wall which could be seen from his kitchen window. It couldn’t be Alex right? If so, what will I tell my mother? I excitedly opened the email, did it have multiple options, and did the producers of Pointless add a new email for a friend? Well, it turns out not; It was from Sir Andrew Armstrong who lives along Queensgate in Spalding.

I scratched my head a little because without knowing what type of soil it had, I could only base my recommendation on a handful of plants.

Anyway, since I had it in place, I suggested that if it was me and my garden I would plant Hydrangea Petiolaris, it is a wonderful climber and during the summer it is covered in beautiful, delicate white flowers. As summer turns to fall, the flowers fall and the leaves turn buttery yellow. Since it is a deciduous plant, it loses its leaves in the winter. However, it is very hardy and will come back in the spring.

To plant, you will need to dig a hole wider than the pot the plant came in and make sure the hole is close to the wall you want it to grow on. A term used by many gardeners is “show it on the wall.” When planting hydrangeas, position the plant at an angle so that most of the foliage and stem are touching the wall. You don’t want to crush the plant; You just want him lying down as if you were lying on a very soft bed.

Gently rubbing the plant against the wall caused by wind etc. will stimulate aerial roots to grow on the stems, which will then anchor the plant to the wall as it grows.

Climbing hydrangeas like Petularis will do well in most soil types, including alkaline and acidic soils, but in moist, well-drained soil they are happiest. You really don’t want the roots on this plant to dry out and you don’t want it to sit in water for months on end. So, during particularly warm or dry periods, just drink it every now and then.

Next spring, mulch around the base of the plant with some well-rotted farmyard manure mixed in with a little compost. This will prepare it for the new growing season.

So, I can confirm that I’m not as useless as you all think!



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