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Hydrangea macrophylla


Ideal for cutting and taking indoors

The Hortensia hydrangeas are favourite flowering shrubs for their long-lasting lacecap or mophead flower heads which develop in midsummer and las well into autumn. Mopheads have large, domed heads with large florets. Lacecaps have lacy heads consisting of an outer ring of large florets around a central mass of tiny florets. Colour depends on soil type. Most are shades of purple-blue on acid soil and mauve-pink on alkaline. They are long-term garden plants which give many years of pleasure for little attention.


They will grow in sun or shade but are best in semi shade in bed or borders. Or grow them as permanent subjects in pots.


Grow in well-drained, moist, fertile soil. 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 - 200 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
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