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Say hi to hydrangeas

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 10:40am

Margaret Griffin

For the past few weeks, we are been asked a lot about hydrangeas so here are some of my favourites.

Not many garden shrubs can provide the punch of summer colour that hydrangeas do year after year. Mostly easy to grow, hydrangeas can be abused and still reward the gardener with lush foliage and showy flowers. Think of them as workhorses with a strong desire to please.

Probably the most popular, bodensee is real dynamite in the world of hydrangeas as it produces a good second showing flush of flowers late in the summer and it also makes an excellent dried flower too. For weeks of colour, this is the one for you. The shrub itself is rounded, with deciduous foliage and thick, oval lime green foliage. They look absolutely stunning giving instant impact where ever they are planted. The colour of this hydrangea mophead is a gorgeous blue, although if your soil is alkaline, it will have a tendency to take on pink hues over time, this is where it is well suited to growing in pots and tubs, or simply giving Hydrangea colourant a try.

This is a beautiful flat head pink hydrangea. They produce masses of large lace cap pink flowers from June-October.

These are rock stars of the shrub world. Not only do they provide midsize structure to your garden design, their beautiful blooms, comprised of multiple small flowers, provide four-season interest when you let them dry on the plant.

That's always a tough choice, though, since white hydrangeas are great cut flowers and dry as beautifully in a vase indoors as they do outside.

As I have often said, white is an important colour in the garden. It can be used to light up a shady area, imbue a space with a sense of calm, act as a neutral foil against other colours, and serve as an exclamation or focal point. White hydrangeas fill this need admirably. ‘Runaway Bride’ and ‘White Spirit’ are great examples of white Hydrangeas for your garden.

• Hydrangeas rarely need pruning just cut off the dead flowers in spring.

• Water well for the first season until established. After that they shouldn't need further watering.

• Mulch well in winter, this protect the shrub from harsh winters and retains moisture in summer.

• Most hydrangeas loves light to partial shade.

• Hydrangeas are ideal for pots and containers and very east to maintain. They are perfect for a cottage garden and a mixed shrub border.

 

If you would like some help choosing the perfect hydrangeas for your garden, then bring in a photo to us at Griffins Garden Centre in Dripsey. We would love to help.

On Friday 26 July, enjoy an enchanting evening of music at Griffins. The Inniscarra Historical Society is presenting a Summer Concert with performances by the High Hopes Choir and various other choirs.

Tickets are limited and all proceeds will be shared between Cork Penny Dinners and Inniscarra Historical Society.

Phone 021-7334286 for tickets.

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