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Snowball Hydrangeas, Lace Cap Hydrangeas, and Hydrangea vines make for a beautiful garden.

Hydrangea These old fashioned garden staples come in numerous strains. The big Snowball Hydrangea (H. Macrophylla) is perhaps the most familiar, with its huge round heads composed of four-petaled flowers. The old rule was that they would bloom pink in alkaline soils and blue in acid soils.

Hydrangea More recently, breeders have been working on Hydrangeas which stay true to one colour or another. Nevertheless, gardeners continue to have fun amending their soil in one direction or another, coming up with unique Hydrangea colours all their own. Hydrangea Macrophylla has gotten especially exciting with its double flowered and bi-coloured varieties. There are hundreds to choose from. They perform best where winters are somewhat mild. Protect in colder zones. Bloom is in summer and fall and plants will tolerate varying light conditions, but should have some shade where it is hot.

Hydrangea The Lace Cap Hydrangea is another fascinating variety. It is so called because it features a small central cluster of tiny sterile flowers surrounded by a big ring of open ones. Like the Snowball Hydrangea, it has dwarf forms and forms that can reach anywhere from 5' to 10' wide. There are some lovely varieties with white and green variegated foliage. The Lace Cap Hydrangea has an elegant, refined look, and may be grown just the same way as H. Macrophylla.

Hydrangea Hydrangea Paniculata gets its name from the cone-shaped panicles of flowers. It comes in many colours and some feature bloom clusters nearly 20" in length. It may be trained into a tree as tall as 25' in height and is an impressive garden feature. We will also mention that vine forms of Hydrangeas are available and look simply marvelous when trained against a wall. The Hydrangea family offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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