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Who is the star of the summer garden? Which flower will turn heads, pop eyes and make every passerby want to plant one immediately? Simply put in one word; Hydrangeas. Their breathtaking blooms in pink, blue, white and red steal the show. The enormous flowers are unparalleled and every person strolling into your yard will be awestruck over these magnificent shrubs. The bearded Iris is frequently referred to as the 'King of the Garden' therefore I shall coin the Hydrangea 'Queen of the Garden'.

The photograph below depicts the beauty and brilliance of Hydrangeas in my back garden. Aside from the annuals and a few late blooms on the False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) the Hydrangeas captivate the garden.


As I have worked with these shrubs for several years I would like to share pertinent information you can rely upon in order to maintain color, create conditions and maintain healthy specimens.

Hydrangeas thrive in acidic soil. Luckily it is easy to create these conditions. You need to purchase acidifier and follow the directions on the box. Mix the required amount in a watering can and sprinkle liberally over all Hydrangeas. I perform this task in May and repeat the procedure approximately three times.

The shrub is deciduous, is available in small, medium, large or climbing varieties and the colors range from white, pink, red, blue to an almost purple blue shade. The flowering period is from July to September. They require well drained fertile soil and thrive in full sun or light shade. Hydrangeas require plenty of water during dry periods.

Purchase a large plant. This is more expensive however they have a better chance of enduring the winter months and look spectacular from the time of planting. Although the initial outlay is greater so is the chance for survival.

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