Finally — it’s hydrangea buying time – almost. In May it seems that the stores and nurseries get their shipments of hydrangeas in just in time for Mother’s Day. So the weekend and week just before the holiday is an excellent time to shop for hydrangeas.
Last year was the first time I had bought the plants myself. That’s the Endless Summer blue in my picture and it did give me some very pretty light blue flowers. My yard is still in desperate need of landscaping, but it should be in better shape this year once my plants come into bloom. Last season I had hoped to find a variety of colors to choose from and I was not disappointed!
They offered a wide selection to choose from and all of them looked very lush and healthy. I expected to pay a lot since hydrangeas are popular flowers, but the pricing was reasonable I thought and ranged from $29.99 to $36.99 each and they were large plants.
I have a lot of shade in my yard, but fortunately hydrangeas can take the shade – as long as they do get some sun. So this is the year I will see just how well they took to spending winter in my yard.
Going to the nursery and buying new plants for the yard is such fun. I love to imagine them each growing large and gloriously enhancing my landscape. But once I’m home and the work of digging and getting them into the ground begins, I’m not having as much fun.
Finding the right spot for them is the first obstacle to overcome. Some of them, in fact most of them, like sun with some shade. The blue “Endless Summer”, white “Blushing Bride“, the “Limelight” (I bought two), and the “Pinky Winky” all need to get some sun, but the “Pee Gee” wants shade.
Also, the full grown size of these plants needs to be considered. Hydrangeas don’t really need to be trimmed, so I want to give them all the space they need to look natural in their settings.
While I am considering all these things and watching my yard for the sunny spots, the plants sit in their pots. Each day they must be watered. Plants in pots dry out very fast. Then a freeze was predicted and I brought them all inside the garage for the night. I wouldn’t have worried had they been planted in the ground, but being in pots makes them more fragile.
I know they want out! And they will do some nice growing once they are in the ground. This weekend the weather in my part of New England will be fabulous, so I plan to get the planting underway. After all, adding perennials to the yard is a wonderful and lasting gift you can give yourself.
I am very excited to now have my own hydrangeas to plant and grow! It is not only necessary for beautifying my dull and boring landscape, but I need to get photos of the flowers for my business. I’ve had to work with older photos that were taken when I rented a house with hydrangeas in the yard, but now it will be so nice to walk outdoors and snap as many photos as I need.
One of the best features of hydrangeas is that the flowers last and last. They also bloom profusely so older flowers and new buds can be on the bush for a long time. If I can get them planted correctly and make them happy I should see some blue, white, pink and green flowers either later this year or next.
My Endless Summer plant looks like it may bloom this year and so does the white one (have to get the name), but the Limelight and Pinky Winky may not. Although the Endless Summer tag shows a blue flower, I know that it may not bloom blue unless the soil is right for that. This year I will wait and see what it does.
I’ve always heard the Nikko blue hydrangea mentioned when speaking of the blue varieties so I thought I’d look into it. First of all, the Nikko blue will only be blue if the soil is very acidic. If you buy a Nikko blue and plant it in dirt that has a lot of lime or high alkalinity your flowers will most likely be pink. Blooms are rounded and of the mophead variety.
As with many other types of hydrangeas, this one can grow in the shade and should actually be given some shade if you live in a hot climate. I think this is the type that was planted in the front yard of my rental. It would droop on hot days as the afternoon sun beat down on the yard and I’d have to water it often in summer. They bloom in Spring / Summer and have long lasting bloom. Be careful about pruning as the new blooms grow on old wood. Don’t trim them up in Spring and remove all the new buds!
Many mail order nurseries carry this one as it’s one of the best known. I suggest checking locally for a larger size plant, since the mail order ones are small.
Honestly, this type of hydrangea has tons of info. Just google it and you’ll see.