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Hydrangea macrophylla Selina

Delicate pink lacecap flowers in late summer

This compact, well-rounded shrub stands out for its ornate properties flowers produced in late summer adding brightness to dark foliage around. The lace cap flowers grow in huge clusters and are red-violet (or blue-violet in colour if grown in acid soil), with white centres.


The plant grows well in partial shade and in soil that is well drained, with rich humus content. It can be grown outdoors or in pots.


Premium compost will aid in the faster growth of the plant. Lime can be added to the soil to increase its alkalinity and give the flowers a shade of magenta pink. Alternatively, aluminium sulphate will make the soil more acidic and the plant will bear blue-purple flowers. Prune back by approximately one third annually after flowering.

This shrub is part of the Dutch Ladies Series developed by Daniel van der Spek in 1999. It is native to China, Japan and Korea. Originally used in the greenhouse production of potted plants, it is now known for producing excellent cut flowers. Small enough to be grown successfully in a container.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 60 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 70 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Moist, Well drained
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, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September