Hygrangeas are a fantastic flowering shrub which will flower from July right through to October, maybe longer depending on the frost.
The most popular variety of Hydrangeas are the mop heads, with large heads of flowers. Lacecap is another variety, which is quite different. Each flower head is made up of a central cluster of blooms surrounded by florets. There is also paniculata, which is a cone shaped flower.
Hydrangeas, like well drained soil, during summer months. If it is quite dry then you will need to give water on a regular basis. Regular feeding with a shrub feed will also encourage the flowers to bloom. They like to be in a lightly shady spot rather than in full sun.
We have a number of different varieties in stock, including Vanilla Freise, which is a pink/white paniculata variety. Mopheads, including Annabelle which is a beautiful white variety that will stay true white. If you want your Hydrangea to be blue, then you will need to have acid soil or apply a blueing powder or treatment every week. Hydrangeas are great in the garden as they flower for such a long period of time and are particularly nice when some of the early flowering shrubs/flowers start to go off. There is also a climbing Hydrangea such as petiolaris, with cream flowers, It is self clinging so doesn't need any supports to climb your wall/trellis etc.
If you are thinking of pruning your hydrangeas there are a couple of things to consider, With the lacecap varaieties you can remove the flower heads once they have finished flowering. However, with the mop head varieties, you leave the old flower heads on them over the winter, Otherwise, they will fail to flower the following summer. I tend not to prune mine at all, just leave it to it's own devices!