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Hydrangea macrophylla Romance

Delicate flat pink mophead flowers

This deciduous shrub has flattish, dreamy pink flowers that start blooming in early summer. The flowers are double and the leaves are large, with a greyish-green shade. A fantastic specimen plant.


The plant grows best in well drained soil with good moisture content. Give this shrub partial to full shade for its unhindered growth.


Premium compost should be added aplenty to the soil. The flowers acquire a pinker shade when lime is mixed with the soil and a lavender shade when aluminium sulphate is added. It should be pruned back by approximately one third annually after flowering.

This plant has its origin in Southeast Asia.

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 March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 120 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten,May cause an allergic skin reaction
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September