How to Garden With Hydrangeas

Overview

Hydrangeas (Hydrangea Macrophylla) are large, colorful flowers that produce white, pink or blue bulbs that when cut, will last for several weeks. Hydrangeas bloom in June in most climates, and will last through late fall. Hydrangeas are hearty, long-lasting, hearty flowers that require very little maintenance and make beautiful additions to any garden. Gardening with hydrangeas is a simple process that requires little expertise in horticulture or flower gardening.

Step 1

Use your shovel or spade to dig a 6" hole in a sunny spot in your garden. This will be the location of your hydrangea plant. Ensure that your hole is spaced 4' from any other plants growing in your garden.

Step 2

Add 2 cups of good potting soil to the soil you have unearthed from your garden. Potting soil is available at any home and garden center for purchase.

Step 3

Fill a watering can with 2 cups of room temperature water. Lightly shower the roots of the hydrangea plant.

Step 4

Place the hydrangea plant into the hole and lightly cover with the soil mixture.

Step 5

Place other hydrangea plants of various colors in other locations in your garden to intensify the aesthetic quality of your garden. Always ensure that hydrangeas are planted at least 4' from other plants, including other hydrangea plants.

Step 6

Water your hydrangeas every three days to ensure proper growth. If you live in a dry climate, add mulch around the base of the plant to protect the soil from becoming dry.

Step 7

Remove any dead or dying leaves from your hydrangeas to prevent the spread of disease. Inspect your hydrangea plants on a weekly basis to make sure they are healthy and will bloom optimally.

Tips and Warnings

  • Place a trash bag over the hydrangea plants during winter nights when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. It is important to protect hydrangeas from frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrangea plants (in blue, white or pink varieties)
  • Good potting soil
  • Shovel (or gardening spade)
  • Gloves
  • Watering can
  • Water
  • Mulch (optional)

References

  • About Hydrangeas
  • Hydrangeas
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