The choice is yours with this quick to establish free flowering little shrub. With an alkaline soil you can enjoy soft pink flowers that age to vibrant hues. With an acid soil, pretty blue flowers will bring you months of joy, opening with soft mauve shades and intensifying with maturity.
The mophead flowers open freely over the large leaves. It is easy care and compact enough to enjoy in containers as well as the garden.
This marvellous shrub has lush green foliage, mounding 70-100cm high but in containers it will be more compact. The flowers open on last season’s growth, so the plants should be pruned after flowering.
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 or some fertiliser 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.
You can manipulate the flower colour by adjusting the PH of the soil. Yates make it easy with Hydrangea Pinking Liquid (Lime/Dolomite) and Hydrangea Blueing Liquid (Aluminium sulphate). We recommend to have a soil pH level of below 5 (very acidic) to sustain the blue flowers, or 6.5 or higher (slightly acidic to alkaline) to for bubble gum pink.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Summer to autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical