With their dreamy voluptuous cloud like blooms of macrophylla to delicate lace and firework patterns of serrata and endless shades of blue, pink and purple there is a hydrangea perfect for everyone’s garden.
Hydrangeas are native throughout continental Asia with unique species occurring in China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Himalayas and Tibet and the Americas. They have been cultivated for many years now providing tough hardy showy plants for your garden.
Hydrangea macrophylla also known as the bigleaf hydrangea, is the most popular species. This diverse group includes more than 600 named cultivars encompassing both lace cap and mophead subtypes. Here you will find a selection macropyhllas and of some of the rarer species with unique characteristics including Hydrangea anomala petiolaris or the climbing hydrangea, which is capable of winding 60 feet into the tree canopy.
Hydrangea species we grow
Hydrangea arborescens (Wild hydrangea)
Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea paniculata (Panicled Hydrangea)
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea)
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
Pink or Blue?
To accentuate the blue hydrangea colour, lower the ph with aluminium sulphate and iron sulphate with water and apply in spring and autumn. To produce pink blossoms, raise the pH by adding lime.
Hydrangeas require plenty of water. However, they don’t like wet feet. If you are planting hydrangeas in heavy, compacted soil or clay, add pine bark and lightweight amendments to improve drainage. Fertilize once in early spring after shrubs have leafed out and once in summer. If you are applying an extended-release fertilizer, shrubs may only require one fertilization.
Plant them in morning sun afternoon shade or under deciduous trees where possible to protect them from our harsh Australian sun.
Prune back by half just after flowering to allow enough growth before winter for next years flower buds to set. During the winter, approximately 1/3 of branches can be removed to revitalize mature shrubs for the next season.
Pruning hydrangea bushes back to the ground can also be done to keep and strong bushy plant you may just miss flowers that year.
Hydrangeas are perfect fresh and dried for flower arrangements as well as bridal bouquets. To enjoy wilt-free hydrangeas, dip cut flowers in a cup of boiling water for 30 seconds before moving to a vase filled with cool water. Alternately, cut dip stems in the pickling agent alum before arranging.
To make dried hydrangeas, collect blossoms that have dried partially on the plant. Hang upside down in a dark, dry location for best results. Once flowers are dry, they can be coloured by dipping in a liquid dye.