Do you have beautiful Hydrangea colors to brighten your early summer garden?
I live in Georgia, and we love our flowering shrubs! My yard has lots of Azaleas, Forsythia, and Camellias, and consequently, spring is one of the best times for people to drive by my house. Of course, the weather would need to cooperate. You don’t want a warm early spring, and then a cold snap. There go the blooms! Spring flowering shrubs are gorgeous, and I love them, but they can be iffy.
Now, if you want drop dead gorgeous, never fail, flowering shrubs, call out the Hydrangeas! These bloom in the early to mid summer, so you don’t have to worry about a late frost damaging the blooms.
Plus, they grow fairly quickly, and can get really big, so you have a great garden showing. And, oh my goodness, the colors!
Blue, Blue, Blue!
I think I am in love with Hydrangeas, because they are blue. Almost all of the flowering shrubs and bushes I know about are reds, pinks, lavenders, yellows, and oranges. All absolutely wonderful, and I couldn’t do without them. But how many shrubs have big, bright, BLUE flowers! My whole backyard is blue in the summer!
My summer backyard!
Another great thing about Hydrangeas, and most of you probably know this, is that for lots of varieties, if you don’t happen to like blue; you can change their color.
Changing Hydrangea Colors
Hydrangeas can be varying degrees of blue, or pink, or purple, or almost anything in between! You have the final say. Now, lots of people just plant them, and take what they get, which is great. But if you want a specific color, then you can fix it. What I am about to tell you does not apply to white Hydrangeas. With them, what you buy is what you get – always white.
To control the color of your standard, garden variety Hydrangea bush, you have to control the acidity of the soil. In soil that is highly acidic (with a pH below 6), your Hydrangeas turn blue. In alkaline soil ( pH above 7), they will turn pink. And if you have a fairly neutral soil (pH 6 to 7), the blooms can be purple, or even blue and pink on the same bush. I mention “standard, garden variety” because there are now hybrid type Hydrangeas that are created to be resistant to this formula. So just ask, or check the tag, when buying one.
You can create more acidic soil by adding ½ cup of garden sulfur around your Hydrangeas and watering them. Or you can add ground lime, if you want to decrease the acidity. You may have to repeat this several times, and you may not see the results until next summer, but it will make a difference. The other option is going to your local garden center, and buying the prepackaged stuff. Either way, you are in control!
So, go get you some Hydrangea color in your yard, and enjoy!!!
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