Hydrangea Season – The Gardener with a Green Thumb – Waynedale News
We’ve started hydrangea season with their big, beautiful blooms. They can add a lot of beauty without a lot of maintenance. Three critical factors for its successful growth are maintaining moisture (it does not like to stand in water but needs to drink a lot), proper lighting, and proper pruning. All hydrangeas like rich, moist soil. You will need to amend clay soil by adding compost/compost and peat moss. Morning sun is always the best option for lighting, and afternoon shade is ideal. Too much shade affects flowering, so place it where there is 3 to 4 hours of direct light. Some types of hydrangea you can choose from are:
Hydrangea shrubs: This is the kind of beautiful snowball. It thrives on new wood, so pruning to shape should be done in winter or before spring.
Hydrangea paniculata: These flowers all start out white and then fade to green, shades of pink, or both. It also blooms on new wood and should be pruned if necessary in winter or before spring.
Mophead: This species blooms pink in alkaline soil and blue in acidic soil. Soil pH can be adjusted to try to achieve the desired flower color. They seem to thrive best when placed in 3-4 hours of sun but not much more than that. Some only thrive on old wood but newer species thrive to some extent on new wood as well. These species should only be pruned if necessary, and species that thrive on new wood can be pruned in winter.
Hydrangea quercifolia (oak leaf): This hydrangea has cone-shaped flower clusters and beautifully shaped leaves. It only thrives on old wood and is best pruned only when absolutely necessary. Prune in late winter by removing entire stems if necessary.
Hydrangea anomaly (Climbing Hydrangea): These are woody vines that produce flowers on old wood. It clings with its aerial roots to structures and is a slow-growing vine but is large and heavy when mature. It is best to prune in winter if necessary.
Keep in mind that there are many different cultivars of most of these species to achieve the right size for your area. Don’t choose varieties that are too large for your space and then keep trying to prune back to fit them. You will likely be unhappy with the florid results. Hydrangeas can be very interesting plants in your landscape and you will enjoy them for years to come!
This article is sponsored by McNamara in Sand Point, which has two acres of production greenhouses, a retail florist and gift shop, as well as a retail garden center and wholesale plant business. Contact McNamara by calling 260-747-4131 or visit 4322 DeForest Ave, Ft. Wayne, IN 46809.