Hybrid Hydrangeas December Notebook

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Your summer garden is in for a real treat with these three show-stopping new hydrangea hybrids in bloom now. 

  1. 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. 

Grow guide: Semi-shade or full sun, moist but well-drained soil, good for containers, beds and borders. Disease hardy but look out for red spider mite and scale.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fiery fynbos

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Fynbos is a specific group of vegetation that is known as Proteaceae. Fynbos has expertly adapted over millions of years and has thus become the world’s most diverse plant habitat, even more than a tropical rainforest.

Proteas

King Pink is our national flower and a dramatic addition to the garden. They enjoy full sun in beds and containers, are drought and frost-hardy, and make for stunning cut flowers. Enjoy their bold blooms from July to October every year. 

Ericas

Fairy Confetti is a sweetheart shrub with masses of tiny pink flowers that add happiness to the garden. Their pretty blooms can be expected from spring, along with the many indigenous wildlife visitors they attract. Plant then in full sun in beds or pots. 

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Leucospermums

The Scarlet Ribbon is a vigorous grower with no shortage of blooms. Their intricate flower heads will bring any bed or container to life with striking red, orange, and yellow details. Grow then in full sun and enjoy their flowering time from September. 

 

Leucadendron range

Inca Gold is a decorative foliage plant with bright green, lime/yellow leaves that contrast perfectly with their pink edges. Grow them in full sun beds where you can look forward to a unique flower show from November to September.

Top tip: Fynbos love organic, rich dirt and thrive in sandstone derived, acidic soil with good drainage and no manure.   

Top tip: Mulch your plants with acid compost once a year and remember to prune your fynbos after flowering or before spring for nice full growth. 

Hanging basket bulker: Plant begonia ‘Dragon Wings’ in shades of light pink and reds for added hanging basket cuteness in full to semi-sun areas. 

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In the garden

Lawn love

Give your grass the pre-spring treatment by low mowing, spiking, feeding, and firm raking (scarifying). Apply a generous layer of lawn dressing and fertiliser, available at your garden centre, and cover the area so that just the tips of the blades are visible.