Hydrangea Plant Information
The hydrangea plants are known and loved for their large bouquets of tiny cluster flowers. There are a variety of hydrangeas for sale. They differ in size, color and blooming time. One of the most fascinating qualities of a hydrangea plant is the color of the flower depends on the acidic levels in the soil.
A hydrangea plant thrives best in the shade. It prefers soils that are moist and well drained. In general their height can range from 3 to 18 feet and have a spread of the same distance range. They are an easy plant to grow and look great in flower beds and make attractive borders. They are usually grown in hardy zones 4 -9. Some of the most popular types are the Annabelle hydrangea, blue hydrangea and limelight hydrangea. Border your shrubs with english ivy plants and they will pop with color.Buy landscaping plants to enhance outdoors dramatically.
The Annabelle hydrnagea is best known for its snowball like flower clusters. These white clusters can easily measure reach up to 10 inches in diameter. This shrub is native to eastern North America and is a cold hardy plant. The annabelle is shaped more like a hedge shrub than the traditional hydrangea and is commonly used to form hedge rows. Annabelle has different care instructions than a traditional hydrangea because of its unique shape and preference to the colder temperatures.
This type of hydrangea enjoys the morning sunrise and the afternoon shade. It if is being grown in the warmer climates, it prefers a completely shady area and a lot of water. The leaves will drop and the flowers will begin to fade if the shrub is not getting enough water.
It is best to fertilize the plant once or twice in the spring and or before the start of August. Feeding the plant after the month of August will interfere with the dormancy of the plant. When feeding the plant, use a slow release fertilizer or a 10-10-10 blend. Avoid putting any fertilizer on the shrub’s truck and use it sparingly.
Unlike other hydrangeas, the annabelle can tolerate pruning any time of year and sometimes it is necessary to prune the shrub. The flower clusters on the annabelle can be very heavy, causing the branches to bend down. Pruning the shrub not only helps to keep it looking neat, it helps to strengthen the branches.
The blue hydrangea is one of the most popular varieties of hydrangeas for sale in the United States. The blue color of the flower clusters depends on the acid and aluminum levels found in the soil in which the shrub is planted in. A pH level of 4.5 to 5 is what is required for beautiful blue flowers. These hydrangeas can be grown in containers if achieving the required ground pH levels seems impossible.
These shrubs prefer getting the early morning sun and the afternoon shade. They tend to be thirsty and require an inch of water a week. In the hot summer that amount needs to be doubled or at any time that the leaves begin to wilt. These shrubs are known to be susceptible to water prone problems such as mildew and stem rot so take care as not to get the leaves wet when watering. Keep the water at the base of the shrub. Placing mulch around the shrub may help to maintain the moisture.
It is not necessary to prune this type of hydrangea bush every year. It is only recommended if the brush is getting wild looking and growing out of control. If pruning is desired, the month of August is the best time. Pruning may be done in the winter to remove very old or broken limbs.