Beautiful hydrangeas will bloom in spring if gardeners follow this simple advice

Beautiful hydrangeas will bloom in spring if gardeners follow this simple advice

Gray skies, wind, rain, and snow may make it seem like it's best to avoid the garden, but now is a good time to prepare your green space for the spring months. Many benefits come from wearing gardening gloves in January, as British gardening expert Monty Don explains.

Salad crops can be stitched, tulips can be planted, fruit trees can be pruned, and mulch can be placed around your plants. Some steps can also be taken to give your hydrangeas the best chance to bloom at their best in the spring.

Monty says it's important for hydrangea buds to be protected from the elements, as temperatures drop. However, there is one crucial step that should be taken to ensure that the popular plant reaches optimal bloom.

“Knowing your hydrangea” is vital, because different types of plants have unique characteristics and can bloom at different times. It is important to determine what your shrub is in order to apply the right tips.

Speaking to The Mirror, Kendall Platt, horticultural therapist and owner of Adventures With Flowers, explained the physical differences to look for between different types of hydrangeas. Being able to distinguish between types of flowers helps in knowing how to care for them best.

“Mophead hydrangeas form a shrub with large, dome-shaped flower heads that look a bit like a shower cap or mop head – hence the name. Their white, blue or pink flowers appear in early summer and often bloom until the first frost,” said the flower expert. .

Beautiful mop head hydrangea (Image: Getty)

“Lace-cap hydrangeas are flat, smaller and often have a central cluster of small flowers surrounded by a ring of larger flowers. They tend to bloom from July to early fall,” the expert said when comparing the lace-cap hydrangea with the mop-head variety.

Lacecap hydrangea plants adorn many gardens (Image: Getty)

Hydrangeas, which bloom from July to November, have a distinctive appearance. They are “cone-shaped” and made up of “lots of small, delicate flowers,” Platt says. The flower expert says these hydrangeas start out green and then progress to white/cream or even pink as temperatures drop.

Hydrangeas, also known as beige hydrangeas, are hardy hydrangeas(Image: Getty)

“Climbing hydrangeas have sticky, almost finger-like aerial roots that stick to surfaces and help them climb (like the fingers of a green tree frog),” she said. “For this reason, it can cover fences and walls and even grow vigorously through trees in just one season. Its white, fragrant flowers bloom from June to August.”

Climbing hydrangeas can find a home on many surfaces(Image: Getty)

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Hydrangea tips and tricks

Every hydrangea purchased from a garden center should have information on when it is expected to bloom, Platt said. “I think it is appropriate to point out that due to the major shift in our climate, flowers are blooming more often outside of the ‘traditional’ times,” she said.

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