If you are contemplating buying something new this year for the flower garden and thinking about a hydrangea, here are my top, five reasons for choosing to add a hydrangea (or 2 or 3) to the landscape.
- Easy to care for: Plant them correctly and hydrangeas will thrive and grow into large plants loaded with blooms. Add fertilizer occasionally and make sure they get enough water in the heat of summer, and that’s about it.
- Hardy: Many types grow well in cold climates and withstand being buried under a pile of snow for months.
- Flower variety: Flower color can be blue, pink or white and often many shades in between. I love the light greenish color that appears on mine late in the summer. One plant can have a variety of lovely color and they are…
- Long blooming: The flowers of the hydrangea begin as pretty little buds and open to gorgeous round or elongated blooms made up of smaller petals which can last for months. As the flowers age they can turn interesting colors or stay on the stem until they become…
- Beautiful dried flowers: Some types of hydrangea will dry up beautifully right on the stems, or cut them and dry them yourself using a variety of methods. I hang mine up-side down.
- Oakleaf Hydrangeas (easternshoregardener.com)