Hydrangeas

One of the most instantly recognisable garden plants, the humble Hydrangea, is a staple of many a garden in the northern hemisphere. This flower boasts immense flower heads and is a simple to grow and maintain plant that can add a large amount of colour to your garden with minimal effort. The plants themselves can tolerate a wide range of soil types and pH so preparing for planting shouldn’t require any particular long term arrangement or pose any real difficult to the average gardener.

The majority of hydrangeas grow best in rich, partly moist soils and for best results you can add compost to help enrich the soil in your garden if the quality is below standard. They prefer to get the full sun in the morning and for ideal growing conditions hydrangeas prefer to get some shade in the afternoon so east facing gardens have an advantage. They are best planted in either the spring or autumn depending on how warm or cold your summers are winters are. To plant hydrangeas the best technique is to start by digging a hole that is as deep as the root ball and roughly two times the width. Once you have dug the hole you can stet the plant in and fill up half of the hole with soil before giving the plant some water. Once the water has been fully absorbed by the surrounding soil then it’s time to finish filling in the hole and simply wait for your hydrangea to begin to flourish.