Masses of ruby red flower heads over small, dark and handsome foliage. The blooms smother the plant and open from early in the season, lasting an impressive time, from spring into autumn. A mounded, compact plant with excellent vigour. You can even grow them indoors for part of the year.
Aptly named for their sophisticated, purple/black blushed foliage, Tuxedo Hydrangeas are stunning. The deep foliage colour really shows the flowers off, like haute couture, or should we say ‘hort’ couture.
An asset in courtyards, containers and gardens big or small. The flowers open from early summer and power on through autumn. These plants don’t need much maintenance and provide rich rewards.
You can manipulate the flower colour by adjusting the PH of the soil. Ideally for Tuxedo ‘Pink’ you should aim for an Alkaline soil of 7.0 and above. Yates make it easy with Hydrangea Pinking Liquid (Lime/Dolomite).
This marvellous shrub has lush green foliage, mounding 80-100cm high but in containers it will be more compact. The flowers open on one year old wood so should be pruned to around one third, after flowering in winter. Add some fertiliser early spring as they begin to grow.
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. Keep the plants well watered and protected from the hot afternoon sun.
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 (cut the stem on an angle so it has more surface area and doesn’t’ sit on the bottom of the vase) and hold them in hot, boiled water for 30 seconds before arranging in a vase. If it starts to wilt, you can plunge it into a bath – they can rehydrate through the petals/stems and leaves.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Spring to Autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical