Top 5 Reasons To Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas in front of the Office de Tourisme ...
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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Hardy:  Many types grow well in cold climates and withstand being buried under a pile of snow for months.
  3. 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…
  4. 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…
  5. 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.

Planting a New Hydrangea Shrub This Spring

Endless Summer Hydrangea
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You don’t need a green thumb to grow hydrangeas, so why not plan to plant a new shrub this Spring. With just a bit of knowledge, you can have a beautiful and long lasting addition to your landscape in the form of big gorgeous blooms.

Once you’ve made the decision to add a hydrangea to your yard, find out which type you’d like to grow and if it is right for your planting / climate zone. There are many varieties and flower types. Most are shrubs but some can be little trees, such as the Pee Gee, so know what you are buying. Decide where you will plant it by searching for a spot in the yard that is free of tree roots and has plenty of sun. Also remember that the plant you buy will grow to be around four Continue reading “Planting a New Hydrangea Shrub This Spring”

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