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.
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!