Currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity; the Hydrangea is a great choice to fill a corner or create a distinct division between two areas of your garden. Hydrangea were once considered old fashioned, but new hybridised colour ways are flooding the garden centres and a new generation of gardeners are appreciating the benefits of having them in the garden.
We are a bit old-fashioned ourselves here at Goodlife Gardens! We stock the traditional mop-head variety of Hydrangea in colours ranging from White through to the Blues, Lilac, and Pink options. Bear in mind that the colour of these older varieties will not be determined until you get them planted, as their colour can change depending on the pH level in your soil. A low pH (acidic) will tend to produce bluer flowers and a high pH (Alkaline) will tend towards redder shades. Whilst you can attempt to force this change it will be difficult to uphold unless you have the plant in a pot, and may in fact stress the plant over-much and therefore invite pest and disease. But it is a fun experiment to play with should you be interested! White flower heads are supposed to be stable and not subject to change, but they do go through some interesting colours as they die off which adds further interest to the garden
Hydrangea need well drained soil and protection from harsh winds and weather. The foliage will show signs of cold damage if the winter is intense, but usually the plant will cope if it is well established. A regular pruning after flowering will help keep the plant in a pleasing shape and encourage fresh healthy new growth each year. Plenty of water and sunlight will make for a stunning display mid summer.
Name: Aquilegia species
Aquilegia, it's common name is Granny Bonnet or Columbine. Often-times found in cottage gardens it is notorious for self-seeding. Bright green foliage dies back each year to emerge again triumphant as temperatures begin to rise after winter. Flowering in spring it is an incredibly attractive and easy care addition to the border.
Different varieties each have their own special qualities, and this enables the gardener to find an aquilegia to suit whatever the space or colour scheme required.
Name: Lobelia Queen Victoria
A perennial plant that is a stunning showpiece in the garden. Dark burgundy foliage stands erect reaching approximately 80cm in height.
Enjoys moist and damp conditions - is ideal next to ponds and waterways. Can handle shade but more sun means darker leaves. Too much shade and the leaves develop a green tinge.
Flowers during summer - tall spikes of gorgeous bright scarlet flowers. Can be a favourite of butterflies.
Stems can be damaged by excessive wind so group plantings and supports can be helpful.
Cut the flowering stems down after flowering is finished and new growth with emerge from the base for next seasons flowering.
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