Plant of the Week: Hydrangea

Plant of the Week: Hydrangea

There’s no summer shrub quite so showy as a hydrangea. Huge, look-at- me flower heads open with effortless elegance in midsummer and come in a choice of shapes to suit all tastes. Creamy ‘Annabelle’ has frothy panicles like candyfloss cones; lacecaps like smokey-blue ‘Mariesii’ have dinnerplate-sized flowers with a flattened central cluster surrounded by butterfly-like bracts. Then there are old favourites the mophead hydrangeas with neat, spherical flowerheads the size of melons. Famously, both lacecaps and mopheads turn from pink to blue in acidic soils: you can encourage them by adding a blueing agent to the soil, or growing in containers of ericaceous (acidic) compost.

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