An Oakleaf Hydrangea of distinction, ‘Alice’ has been admired for generations. The tall, white flower panicles (20-40cm) turn pink, then bronze as the cool weather sets in. The leaves turn to burgundy and crimson before retiring for the season. A strong plant that establishes quickly.
This large shrub has a nice, upright habit and will grow 1-2.5m tall and across. The blooms begin around December and last up to eight weeks, changing colour as they age. After the colourful autumn show, the leaves fall to reveal the handsome structure of the deep brown bark.
Hydrangeas grow best planted in a sheltered position of the garden where the roots are cool and moist. It is a good idea to add plenty of organic matter to the soil as it will result in masses of stunning blooms.
Hydrangea flowers are good for picking. To help make the flowers last longer, bring a bucket of water out with you to the garden, plunge them in as soon as you have cut the stem. Once you are inside, cut them again and hold them in hot, boiled water for 30 seconds before arranging in a vase.
Summer to Autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade