Your summer garden is in for a real treat with these three show-stopping new hydrangea hybrids in bloom now.
- Magical revolution (Hydrangea macrophylla magical) is an absolute must-have. This compact, bushy, deciduous shrub bares clusters of flowers that change colour as time passes. Every day is a magical experience with a rainbow transformation of hues to look forward to.
2. Endless summer (Hydrangea macrophylla) has a name that says it all. A truly special cultivar has arrived with the superpower of blooming on both old and new wood, resulting in a flower show all year round. An added bonus is that plants are hardier to colder climates too.
Grow guide: Semi-shade is best but will tolerate full sun if the soil is kept moist. Good for hedging and as cut-flowers with resistance to pests and disease.
3. Oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a medium-sized bush with large, cone-shaped clusters of simply gorgeous blooms (up to 30cm long). The cream-white flowers will turn pink as they mature and can be enjoyed even until mid-winter, complimented by burgundy foliage.
Grow guide: Dappled shade during midday is best although they perform better than others in dryer climates. Keep soil fertile and moist, look out for mildew.
Hydrangea pruning tips
- There are 2 main groups of hydrangea pruning requirements so be sure to ask your garden centre assistant about the type you have.
- Group 1 plants (old wood) bloom on last year's growth and need to be pruned in late summer.
- Group 2 plants (new wood) bloom on fresh growth and should be pruned in early spring after the frost.
- Pruning branches as leaves emerge in spring will result in multiple smaller flower heads as opposed to fewer larger clusters.