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Which Hydrangea?

Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,362

I'm considering buying a couple of hydrangeas for an east facing position...

I was looking at the paniculata Wim's Red for a back of border position. Does anyone have this variety? What do you think of it or paniculatas in general?

Some images I've seen look nice, tightly bound and specimen-like but others look a bit 'relaxed woodland' and I think I would prefer something quite structured and tidy.

I've also been looking at macrophylla which I am more familiar with. I'd like a cream or white to go at the edge of a grass area and have looked at Blushing Bride by which I assume means it turns pink. Can anyone recommend this variety or another kind that will be fine with only morning sun?

Both would be in the ground, soil supposedly neutral but hydrangeas locally are pretty much every colour.

Thanks!image

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I have wims red Victoria it only went in last year and hasn't done much, by clients have a huge variety. I always find once they get established they can be spectacular. The problem is nearly always establishment. I have found that burying them slightly below the level they come in the pot helps produce new shoots in the second year. The flowers on wims red by the way are extremely nice for rather a long time.

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,362

    Thanks bothimage

    Verdun, is Limelight pure white for a period of time then, not always lime? 

    Dave, would only east sun be an issue for Wim's Red? There will be a fence and my neighbours conifer hedge behind it so the area can be a bit dark. Soil is good though. Like that it is long flowering, didn't know that.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514

    I have the Vanilla Fraise, I love it. It's only a baby at the moment, cheapy from Parkers. He will grow.

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    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,362

    Ooh, that's fancy Lynimage

    Quite a decent sized plant I think? I've had some quite small shrubs from Parkers before.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514

    But I am just a poor Devon housewife Verdun,I can only afford cheap. image

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,362

    I've only looked at crocus and larch cottage so far.

    Now looking at a white called Madame Emile something...will ponder on it.

    I don't mind paying more for something I really like and I don't want to buy something just for the sake of it. Need some inspiration to strikeimage 

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