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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Deep Purple'

Lacecap Hydrangea

Large dramatic flowers

Blooming from midsummer to late autumn this compact, sturdy plant produces classic mophead flowers that develop from green, flushed mauve, to rich dark purple. A strikingly different colour for a hydrangea, developing shades of green and even darker purple as autumn progresses. Certain to attract attention in any garden and invaluable for late summer colour when many other shrubs are past their best.


Best in semi shade in a bed or border. Excellent for pots and containers in a quality growing medium. 


Grow in well-drained, moist, fertile soil. Colour varies according to soil type. Water regularly in dry conditions. Leave flower heads over winter. Cut back to a pair of fat buds below the faded flowers in early spring. 

Hydrangeas make very long lasting cut flowers. The blooms can be dried for winter floral decoration

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 125 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 80 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 125 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden

Typically available

From April to September