Plain Gardening: Hydrangeas

Plain Gardening: Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are one of the most important shrubs for the northern Gulf Coast.  If you look at pictures from back in the 1800s, you'll find no pictures of azaleas, but every yard had hydrangeas!  We're one of the great places to grow them.

The most familiar of the local hydrangeas is the aptly named mophead.  It was developed in France, and has become a classic. 

Hydrangeas are very sensitive to soils.  Here, we do blue very well…but we don't do red.  If you were to take a blue hydrangea from your yard and plant it in Missouri, it would bloom pink or red.

Other wonderful types of hydrangeas include lace cap, oak leaf, and an old variety called Tokyo waterfall.  This and the oak leaf can also bloom in white.

Hydrangeas love water and afternoon shade.  Don't plant them in dry spots or full sun.  Follow those simple rules and you should have beautiful hydrangeas, too.

For more info, check mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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