“It is healing to surround yourself with colored things. What pleases the eye refreshes the mind, and what refreshes the mind refreshes the body,” said the American journalist Prentice Mulford (1834-1891) said once. How do you like this quote? Do you want to refresh your mind and body? Then you can take up the thought written above and surround yourself with colored garden flowers. These bring special color accents to your outdoor area and often let your soul dangle. As usual, all garden lovers have their hands full in spring and early summer. It is precisely during this period of time that all flower fans strive to make their garden as beautiful as possible. Then you can enjoy the colorful beauty of nature for months. Do you also want to perceive this unlimited charm with all your senses and experience it up close? Then you’ve obviously come to the right place, because today we’re going to show you how you can do this with colorful hydrangeas.
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Interesting facts about hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are popular garden flowers with us, which attract attention with their attractive flowers. These are colored in all possible natural tones. Hydrangeas grow in shrubs up to 2 meters high or as climbing plants. About 80 species are known worldwide, which are widespread in the Far East, in South and North America and now also in the warm regions of Europe. Its botanical name Hydrangea comes from Greek and can be translated into English as “water jug”. The German name comes from the Latin word “hortus”, which means “garden”. No matter which name you prefer to use, one thing is important: these impressive garden flowers need a lot of water. Also, in the garden, they grow best in partial shade, although some varieties also like full sun. The soil must be moist and rich in humus, with a pH between 5 and 6.
The color palette of hydrangeas leaves almost nothing to be desired
The interesting thing about these gorgeous flowers is the fact that their color depends on the pH of the soil. With the right fertilizer, you can change the pH of the garden soil and get flowers in new colors. In principle, these garden beauties flower from the end of May to mid-June (depending on the weather) and the flowering period lasts until September. The flowers are spherical and their delicate leaves range in color from white to pink to violet and lilac. With a low pH of the soil, the hydrangeas can be blue. The whole range of colors of these attractive garden flowers leaves nothing to be desired and transforms the hydrangeas into a real treat for the eye and soul.
Blue hydrangeas immediately catch the eye, they always attract attention
Hydrangea care tips
Before we go to the care tips, we want to emphasize it again: there are numerous hydrangea varieties that grow well here in Germany and are in demand as garden flowers nationwide. The most popular hydrangeas are the farmer’s hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) of the “Endless Summer” variety, ball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea panicolata), oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) or plate hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata). If you want to make your house facade a special eye-catcher, then you can plant the climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) on the house and let them climb the facade meters high. Before you decide on a particular variety, we advise you to find out more about its characteristics and care.
Otherwise, the following care tips apply to all hydrangea varieties:
-Choose a semi-shady spot for your hydrangeas;
– You need a moist and humus-rich soil;
– The basic rule of hydrangea care is: water daily and fertilize once every two weeks;
– The different pH values of the soil result in different coloring of the flowers. Values range from 5 to 6. Blue hydrangeas thrive in acidic soil;
– The bushes must be pruned in the spring. You can learn more about it in the attached video.
– The hydrangeas can be propagated by cuttings in early summer;
– Secure your beautiful garden flowers the necessary winter protection! If the frost persists, you can cover them with fir brushwood or a winter fleece;
– In specialist shops you will find preparations that protect against diseases and pests.
The colorful hydrangeas transform your summer garden into a veritable sea of flowers
Wonderful decoration for inside and outside
The hydrangeas stand out in any outdoor area with their large, spherical flowers and their enormous blaze of colour. They are the perfect decoration for partially shaded and well-protected places. You can use the magnificent shrubs in plant strips around the house or plant them in groups. These natural beauties also grow in tubs and adorn numerous terraces and balconies throughout Germany. Their decorative value also comes into their own in the home. Magnificent flowers arranged in a large vase are the best decoration for your own four walls. Even dry you can use the flowers as a decoration. So let your imagination run wild and you will surely come up with many new design ideas with hydrangeas!
A well-protected place on the house wall is the perfect place for the garden beauties
Bring color into your home with colorful hydrangeas in the vase!
Hydrangeas as tub plants adorn the balcony and terrace
The hydrangea bushes grow to a height of around 2 m
The climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) is always eye-catching
The magnificent hydrangeas fill your summer garden with lots of color and a good mood