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clogherheadclogherhead Posts: 506



With all the talk about Hydrangea's I was wondering which are your favourite types of shrubs do you grow pink or blue or somewhere in between or your growing conditions  i e  Acid /A lkaline





  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,549

    Neither as that kind does not survive my winter.   they flower on old wood which always gets frozen to pieces.

    Last year I planted two of the paniculata kind which flower on new growth.  It remains to be seen how they cope.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I grow the most amazing hydrangea aborescens 'Annabelle'. Football size whitey flowers, slight perfume and really blousey. Just love it

    Never really liked them till I met herimage


    Unfortunately this is off internet, do not have photo of my own

  • clogherheadclogherhead Posts: 506

    Hi Rosa , Unfortunately I don't one in my present garden ,but I had one in my first house when I lived in Dublin it was a glorious pink mop-head . North county Dublin is very chalky so if you wanted a blue you had to add sequestration of iron


  • This is a hydrangea Annabelle last year in my garden. I have got several now as they are very easy to propagate. I have got them growing in both sun and shade and they seem to perform well.



     They brighten up a dull corner.



  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    This is the 2nd garden I have had it. The first was in sun, In this garden it was one of the first plants I put in, here it has shade in the morning and this year the flowers were so large I had to put in supports

  • That's what I waas wondering about Annabelle. The flowers are gorgeous but the stems seem lax and in need of support. I like hydrangeas, they give such value for money in terms of their long flowering period and toughness - and they are so easy to propagate from cuttings.

  • It is true of some of the David Austin roses, too.

  • i have both in same garden so guessing my compost heap has had different ph levels when i mulched round them


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