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Multicoloured hydrangea

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
Does anyone have experience of those vulgarly flashy hydrangeas with the lime green--tipped bracts?  Not the misleadingly named H. tricolour, which has bi-coloured flowers, the third colour being the leaves.  The one I mean has bracts which are mostly pink, blue at the base and this eye-watering green at the tips.  I'm afraid I rather fancy them.  I have never seen one in the flesh, only catalogue photos, and we all know how air-brushed theycan be.

Pink hydrangeas grow and flower well in these parts, the soil is slightly alkaline.  I'm reluctant to fork out for one of these fancy ones, in case the colour turns out to be dependent on soil chemistry and I end up with just another pink one which I could have grown myself.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,790
    My only experience of it is that when my Aged Ps were still alive I regularly travelled past a terrace of Georgian houses, one of which had this hydrangea in the northfacing front garden ... it looked so striking against the grey brickwork in the shady garden ... I looked forward to seeing it each year  :)

    I wouldnt call it vulgar ... just extremely stylish, like one of those slim and elegant women of the early 1900s who knew how to put strong colours together ... you know the ones I mean? 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 569
    Would it be the one called "Glam Rock". Several catalogues have it. You may get more information there,
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Yes,it is glam rock.  Thanks pitter-patter, I followed your link, and the colour is affected by soil pH.  But what the hell, I have Christmas and birthday money that was given for the garden, so I have ordered two, for£18 including delivery, 2-litre pots. I will sink the pots in the border and pile some bog-friendly peat on top.
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