Comeback Kings and Queens

From talking to others in and out the office, the general consensus was that Hydrangea were out dated, old fashioned and just plain archaic. You would almost sense the shudder from fellow garden -a - holics whenever you spoke of Hydrangea. More of us want to experiment in gardens by implementing 'unusual' and 'exciting' blooms that create a talking point with neighbours and guests.

However, in more recent times attitudes have been changing towards this beautiful bloom where we have been introduced to newer varieties with new found versatility - perfect for flower beds, pots and small spaces. These plants are underestimated and it should really be highlighted how adaptable they are in soil types and plant positioning.  

Fashions come around in stages and Hydrangea are becoming increasingly more popular with a new generation of gardeners. It was even named as the Flower Councils Plant of the month in July of this year.

I also chose it as our new cover photo for our Facebook and Twitter pages - which has also proved very popular!

Stunning cut Hydrangea - perfect as a standalone feature in a vase - Our new Facebook cover photo

If you are still not convinced, I hope I can change your mind:

Hydrangea Magic Red Harlequin
Hydrangea ‘MagicRed Harlequin’ is a relatively new introduction and an improvement on the sensational Magical Harlequin. 

This fantastic variety is coveted for its contrasting two-toned red and white blooms - interesting and unusual floral markings making it a spectacular feature piece.

You may be surprised to learn that each of these flower heads are the size of a small melon - an obvious statement piece to increase the envy meter of your neighbours.

‘Magic Red Harlequin’ will pack your summer borders with exquisite bloom heads and bright green foliage, in a way no other flowering shrub can.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Miss Saori’
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Miss Saori’

Hydrangea macrophylla‘Miss Saori’ is perfect if you are really into a border full of voluptuous bright pinks and purples - a hot bed of rich tones and shades.

This particular variety fashions large flower heads where each petal glows, changing shades from pale pink, gradually becoming darker with an attractive dark pink outline on each petal.

These stunning blooms flower prolifically throughout the summer season providing you with long lasting colour.

To top it all off the bright green foliage adopts red overtones in spring and autumn providing further interest throughout the year - What could be better!?

Hydrangea arborescens‘Annabelle’ produces large, dinner plate sized balls and are formed from clusters of white blooms during summer and early autumn - perfect to fit in with companion shrubs and plants as they are subtle in colour, yet magnificent statement pieces.

These creamy white blooms fade to lime green in autumn then papery brown to make, in our opinion one the finest seed heads in your winter garden, providing interest throughout the entire year.

If you are after the perfect table centre piece, or would like a unique flower bouquet, this variety are ideal for flower arranging.

Unlike other Hydrangea, Annabelle will reliably flower every year, even if the winter has been very cold, or if the plant has endured a harsh pruning.

Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’
Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’

Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’ have stunning lace cap flower heads with violet blue buds and pretty soft outer blooms throughout May to October.

The name 'Hot Chocolate' refers to the sumptuous chocolate brown foliage and burgundy undersides that fade to deep green in the late season.

This variety is happy in borders and containers and is very easy to grow - so there is no excuse for any beginners out there!

It will grow in most soil conditions and in any position in your garden - Easy peasy.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wims Red’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wims Red’

Hydrangea paniculata‘Wims Red’ is a magical colour changing variety and a plant that will really stand out in your garden.

This unique element will mesmerise you, changing the dynamic of your flower beds as the colour change sets in.

This is why this variety is commonly known as ‘Fire and Ice’. In July beautiful white cone shaped panicles of blooms smother the foliage which changes in August, where each petal adopts a brilliant pink tinge. Eventually it'll change into a deep red in late summer and early autumn - very apt for the time of year

This variety will also make the perfect cut flower!

Have I changed your mind yet? Are you a Hydrangea friend or foe? Let me know!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I look forward to catching up next week!


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