Hydrangea is an unpretentious ornamental plant, characterized by lush flowering. If you choose the right variety and place for planting, then it will delight you from mid-summer to the very cold.
This subspecies has graceful, double flowers that outwardly resemble miniature water lilies. At the beginning of flowering, which lasts from mid-June until frost, the petals are painted in pale cream shades.
The bushes are compact in size, their height reaches 100 cm. The branches are strong, do not break under the weight of flowers, even after rain. The leaf plate is dark green in color, the length reaches 10-20 cm.
It is preferable to grow the variety in a sunny area. The soil should be fertile, moist and well-drained.
This hydrangea can be recognized by its beautiful ball-shaped inflorescences. Their diameter is 10-15.5 cm. Petals of pink or blue color - it all depends on the acidity of the soil.
6 weeks after the first wave of flowering, new buds are formed. Thanks to this, and depending on weather conditions, the culture can bloom for a long time.
It is a fast-growing plant with spectacular hemispherical inflorescences. The variety has external characteristics:
The peculiarity of the variety is long and abundant flowering. It starts in early July and lasts until September.
The hydrangea has large sizes: the height of the bush reaches 2 m, and the width is 300 cm. The plant has rigid vertical shoots, young branches are painted in a brownish-red hue. Leaves are dense, oblong, with ragged edges. The color of the plate is dark green.
Every year, the growth of the bush increases by 30 cm. In July, flowering begins, which continues until September. The inflorescences are large, the length of the panicles reaches 35 cm.
It is a panicle variety with an interesting flower shape and a sweet honey aroma. Outwardly, the culture resembles a rounded shrub, the height of which is 2 m. The branches are quite large, their texture quickly becomes woody. Thanks to this feature, the plant is reliably protected from the cold.
The inflorescences of a narrowed conical shape are painted in white-pink tones. At the beginning of flowering, the buds are small and creamy, which changes to pale pink as it grows.
Long and lush bloom begins in August-September and ends in November. Paniculate inflorescences begin to form at the ends of the shoots in the 3rd year of the plant's life. Their length is 40-55 cm.
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Due to its lush colorful inflorescences, as well as its relative ease of care, hydrangea is highly valued by florists around the world. Shrub varieties of this plant look extremely attractive in landscape design, decorating gardens, parks, alleys and flower beds. In turn, indoor hydrangea harmoniously complements the interior decoration of houses and apartments; it is often used in wedding decor. These flowers can be grown both outdoors and on a windowsill or balcony - in any case, their elegant sophistication will delight others throughout the warm season.
One of the very first pink varieties has been growing in my garden for about five years. "Pink Annabelle" (Invincibelle). I want to say right away that some gardeners have complaints about this variety in particular, like all pink-flowered tree-like hydrangea in general. They say that they are not entirely pink in color, but a strange shade of "wet cardboard".
Of course, the color of such hydrangeas is somewhat different from the pink-crimson tones of the large-leaved hydrangea, they differ in both the size and shape of the flower. Nevertheless, these hydrangeas are really pink in color, especially saturated in full dissolution. Their shade is pleasant, and even when the inflorescences, like all hydrangeas, fade as they fade, they have a noble original pinkish color.
The only objective claim that I have about this variety is thin, weak shoots. In principle, the classic old snow-white variety of hydrangea "Anabel" also has this sin and is often prone to falling apart, but if this hydrangea does not always need to be tied up, then with pink-flowered hydrangea one cannot do without installing supports. Indeed, otherwise all her delicate pink hats will be lying on the ground - her stems are very thin and delicate.
Otherwise, this hydrangea makes me very happy. She has slightly smaller leaves and flowers than Anabel, but this makes her look even softer. Due to the fact that its flowers are not too bright pink, but noble shades, it fits very well into the style of my garden, without violating the moderate severity and without introducing excessive childishness into it. When her heads fade, for me she begins to look even more noble and stylish.
In terms of care, it is completely comparable to the white-flowered tree-like hydrangea, that is, it is very unpretentious, but it will also definitely require abundant watering during heat and drought, because it is not for nothing that the name “hydrangea” is translated as “a vessel with water”.
At the same time, pink-flowering hydrangea does not tolerate excessively moist soils and it needs good drainage. But, oddly enough, when a flood once happened in my summer cottage, the Pink Annabel hydrangea was the only hydrangea that came out of it alive. The bushes of all other varieties, blooming white, died literally before our eyes in a matter of days. But the pink one, although it was on the verge, still waited for the end of the flood, and part of its bush remained alive. I managed to revive him after the water disappeared. This situation allows me to conclude that pink-flowered varieties are slightly more resistant to high humidity than white ones.
I, of course, like the white one, have never covered the pink tree hydrangea for the winter. There was no need for this. She always left the hibernation unharmed. At the same time, our summer cottage is heavily blown by winds, and in winter the temperature there regularly drops below -30 degrees.
The bush grows in partial shade in the moisture-consuming garden soil. I fertilize the hydrangea once a season before flowering with a soluble complex mineral fertilizer, along with the rest of the inhabitants of the flower garden. To preserve moisture and slightly acidify the soil, I mulch the bush with sawdust and pine bark. I water it regularly, especially in drought, otherwise the leaves and inflorescences will immediately droop.
The pink Annabel hydrangea blooms in July and lasts until autumn; I cut off individual inflorescences and use them for winter bouquets. My neighbors for a pink-flowered hydrangea are hosts with a white pattern on the foliage, as well as a yew tree, which has noble dark green needles. Such a composition looks very stylish and it is unpretentious due to the fact that all its participants require approximately the same care and growing conditions.
The flowers of pink hydrangeas change color during the flowering process. © Lyudmila Svetlitskaya
The second option we offer is hydrangea and astilba. Thanks to the harmonious combination of shades and contrast of forms, it will turn out to create a bright and attractive corner in the garden. Astilba feels good in such conditions that hydrangeas like, so the neighborhood will be her joy.
Large-leaved hydrangea Endless Summer is very popular in central Russia, because able to withstand severe winters quite easily.
Another plus of this variety is the long flowering period, which lasts from early summer to September. This is due to the fact that the flowers of the hydrangea Endless summer appear both on the branches of the last year and on new shoots. For this feature, the variety got its name - Endless summer... To stimulate re-flowering, regularly remove wilted buds.
The height of the bush can reach 1.5 m. The shade of large spherical inflorescences can be corrected by changing the level of soil acidity. If you want them to turn pink, add a little lime to the soil. However, this must be done in advance, either in late autumn or early spring.
The hydrangea's companion in this version is Chinese Astilba Vision... This shade-tolerant plant looks great against the background of hydrangea, shading, but not covering it, because Astilbe reaches a height of only 60-70 cm. The perennial blooms in July-August, throwing out vertical paniculate inflorescences of a deep pink or purple-red hue.
After flowering, astilbe remains attractive thanks to its foliage. Fern-like openwork branches are pleasing to the eye and look good against the background of rounded hydrangea leaves.
The most winter-hardy and frost-resistant varieties are suitable for Russian gardens. For example, large-leaved hydrangea tolerates long winters and late spring quite well, container growing is recommended in very cold regions. So, early blue variety with large purple-blue flowers tolerates planting in a pot.
For the southern regions of Russia, the tree hydrangea, belonging to the light-loving species, is perfect. True, it is still planted in partial shade, but a long daylight hours favorably affect the flowering of the plant. Winter hardiness in varieties of tree hydrangea is low, it is better to grow them not north of the Chernozem region.
Among the interesting varieties are Sterilis and Annabelle.
The serrated hydrangea also does not belong to frost-resistant varieties; a warm climate is more suitable for it. It is quite decorative, changing colors depending on the acidity of the soil. The panicle hydrangea is suitable for the climate of the Moscow region or north-west of Russia, it tolerates planting well in swampy areas of the soil. The species is distinguished by beautiful flowering with lush clusters of inflorescences. High frost resistance, among the popular varieties - Grandiflora, which changes color during the season.
For planting in the Far East, Sakhalin, the following species are successfully used: large-leaved, paniculate, treelike and variegated hydrangea. This climate is well suited for growing members of the Hydrangea genus, and growers always have a wide variety of varieties to choose from.
For the types and varieties of hydrangea, see the next video.