If your patio or living room needs some color and you’d like to add a beautiful flowering plant, why not consider growing a compact hydrangea in a pot. I have never grown a hydrangea indoors, but I may try it at some point now that I have a house with plenty of room.
The macrophylla (rounded blooms) hydrangea would be a good choice for pots. It can be trimmed down to a smaller size and will bloom on new and old stems.
Or find a variety that is meant for pots. HGTV has a post which lists the varieties that will do well in pots. They list the Limelight, but I must disagree with that! My Limelight plants grow a lot during the summer and have very long lanky stems with huge flowers at the end of each stem that are heavy. Not a good choice for an indoor pot, in my opinion. You want to choose a variety that will stay compact, or can be trimmed to stay smaller.
Advantages to container grown plants;
- They can be moved around (use a stand with wheels for the big plants)- out of the sun if it’s too hot; or into the sun if needed.
- Use them to beautify areas that are dull and boring.
- Enjoy the flowers up close and not only when you walk out to the garden.
- It’s easy to provide nutrients to keep the flower color blue or pink (if you have the macrophylla type that changes).
Possible disadvantages to growing indoors;
- Controlling the soil moisture can be more difficult. I tend to overwater.
- The plant could outgrow the pot and need re-potting
- Your cat / pet could eat the leaves!
(Photo credit: Pixabay, top image by congerdesign.)