Flower of the week: Hydrangea

by Natasha Starkell | 14.08.2013 | flower , purple , hydrangea | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Flower of the week: Hydrangea

Flower of the week: Hydrangea

The hydrangea is originally from Asia but it's a pretty common garden plant in many parts of the world these days.

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The hydrangea is originally from Asia but it's a pretty common garden plant in many parts of the world these days.

There are two types of hydrangea, the mophead hydrangeas and the lacecap hydrangeas. Mopheads have big pom pom flower heads whereas the lacecaps have more delicate and flatter flower heads.

Many species of hydrangea have white flowers, but some of the species we grow in our gardens are blue,pink or lilac. Interestingly the colour of your hydrangea could depend on the soil you have in your garden. Some species will change colour depending on the pH of the soil. Pink in alkaline soils and blue in acidic soil. Many a beginner gardener has been rather perplexed when they bought a blue hydrangea, only to find that a few weeks later it has turned into a pink hydrangea!

Even when they've finished flowering, the big flower heads look nice, they turn a pale brown and the dried petals take on a papery texture. Great in a dried flower arrangement.


Natasha Starkell
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