Garden flowers

The hydrangea: inimitable


Hydrangeas, with their blossoms that range from pink to blue, are a summer staple. Easy to maintain, they are among the most beautiful flowering shrubs.

Native to Asia, hydrangeas are found everywhere. They usually bloom from early summer to late fall. The color of their flowers depends on the acidity of the soil. That's why some have a pretty fuchsia dress, others play with shades of blue. In fact, the bluer the flower, the more acidic the soil. Its hues will vary from pink to red if the soil is neutral or limestone. But whatever its color, the hydrangea seduces. It particularly likes shady places which are thus enhanced by its bright colors.

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In the garden or on the balcony

Undoubtedly, the hydrangea, or hydrangea macrophylla, is positioned as one of the most decorative shrubs in the garden.

In clumps under large deciduous trees, in flowered hedges in maritime regions or climbing on a north-facing wall, it distills the curves of its flowers all summer long until it offers us sumptuous golden reflections in the fall. And these are not its only assets ... The hydrangea also likes pot for those who do not have a garden but a balcony.

Finally, it requires very little care and maintenance. A cut every year after the frosts, around March, you will improve its flowering. Then cut the branches over three years old at the young starts to lighten the hydrangea silhouette and stimulate the appearance of new shoots. Likewise, at the end of the fall season, remember to remove faded flowers.

When to plant it?

Its many qualities seduced you and you too have decided to succumb to the charm of the hydrangea ...

Take advantage of the two most favorable periods of the year to plant them in your garden, namely: from early September until autumn when the earth is still warm (but in this case, it is better to mulch them in winter) or in early spring, after the last big frosts.

Once your hydrangea has taken its cruising speed, watch it from time to time ...

This type of shrub is regularly attacked by mealybugs. If so, you will see white balls on the stems or the leaves will turn black. To avoid this, you can always opt for a winter treatment with an organic anti-cochineal insecticide.


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Visual credits: Hortensia 1 and 2: © Aquaphoto Fotolia Hortensia 3: © Esanud Fotolia

Video: Pruning mop-head hydrangeas (October 2020).