Why I Love Hydrangeas


When you step into a garden adorned with the beautiful hydrangeas, you’re immediately transported to a realm of enchantment and wonder. At The Planting Company, the hydrangea reigns supreme mainly because of the many different kinds and the beautiful flowers they produce. Today, I’m going to discuss my love for these captivating blooms, explore the diverse types that grace UK gardens and highlight the art of pruning.


Types Of Hydrangea

Hydrangeas come in all shapes and sizes, here’s a list of the different hydrangeas that you may come across in UK gardens.

mophead hydrangeas

Mophead Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)

With their iconic round flower clusters, mophead hydrangeas are a delight to the senses. The UK’s climate provides the perfect environment for their stunning blue and pink blooms. The secret to their hue lies in your soil’s pH – acidic soil yields blue blossoms, while alkaline soil results in pink ones.

Lacecap Hydrangeas

Lacecap Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Lacecap hydrangeas are the cousins of mopheads, featuring flat flower heads with delicate, lacy blossoms in the centre. These beauties offer a blend of form and colour, gracing UK gardens with their subtle elegance.

Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata)

Hardy and robust, panicle hydrangeas boast cone-shaped flower clusters that start off pristine white and age to shades of pink and bronze. Their resilience and ability to thrive in the UK’s climate make them a garden favourite.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Named after their oak leaf-shaped foliage, these hydrangeas are a testament to rustic charm. Their elongated flower clusters evolve from creamy white to rosy hues, and their stunning autumn foliage adds another layer of visual delight.

Climbing Hydrangeas

Climbing Hydrangeas (Hydrangea petiolaris)

Climbing hydrangeas elegantly drape walls and trellises with their lush foliage and delicate white flowers. Their ability to thrive in the UK’s climate makes them a cherished addition to any garden design

Pruning Hydrangeas

Mastering the art of hydrangea pruning can be tricky as it requires a blend of timing, technique, and dedication.

To ensure your hydrangeas continue to grace your UK garden with their blooms, follow these guidelines for each type:

Mophead and Lacecap Hydrangeas

Prune these varieties with a gentle hand. Remove faded blooms in late winter or early spring, cutting back to a pair of healthy buds. This encourages new growth and sets the stage for a spectacular floral display come summer.

Panicle Hydrangeas

Trim these hydrangeas in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges. Prune back to the second pair of healthy buds from the ground, shaping the plant as desired. Their robust nature allows for more dramatic pruning if needed.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Minimal pruning is key for these rustic beauties. Remove dead wood and spent blooms in late winter or early spring, allowing their unique foliage and blossoms to take centre stage.

Climbing Hydrangeas

Prune these climbers lightly in late winter to early spring, removing any dead or weak growth. Encourage upward growth by attaching new shoots to their support system.

I would always encourage every UK garden to embrace hydrangeas because they can give so much to a garden. If you would like more advice as to which type of hydrangea would suit your garden best then please get in touch to find out what support I can offer.

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