When I first saw Blue Hydrangeas at Home Depot, I was immediately impressed with the large colorful flowers. I had a wall on the side of my house that I wanted to cover with some big splashes of color. These bushes grow fairly large, so I only needed to buy two to cover the area I needed covered. Instead of buying the more mature plants from Home Depot, I bought smaller plants from the Farmer's Market.
After the first year of growing, my small plants had only reached about a foot tall. When Winter arrives (I live in the South), the plants lost their leaves leaving unsightly sticks that looked like the plant had died. I trimmed the sticks all the way down to the base the way you would trim ornamental grasses for the next growing season. The plant grew back from the extreme hack job I committed, so I guess I got lucky. The next year, I left the pruning alone (on the advice of a neighbor) and found that the sticks were not dead at all. Leaves began shooting from the seemingly dead wood. The plant came back bigger, fuller and better than ever.
The Blue Hydrangea will maintain her color by drawing aluminum from the soil. If the soil is aluminum starved, you can add aluminum sulfate to encourage color saturation in your flowers. The aluminum sulfate works best if it is diluted in water the way you would add regular plant food or fertilizer to the plants.
If you prefer red blooms, then you simply need to prevent the aluminum sulfate from getting to the plants. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. The cheapest, easiest way to accomplish this is by using lime, which runs around three or four dollars for a forty pound bag (it won't take nearly that much). The lime should be applied a few times during the growing season to keep the Ph balance up, thereby inhibiting the Hydrangeas ability to absorb aluminum. Another method would be to add fertilizer that contains a high amount of phosphorous to the soil. A fertilizer like 25/10/10 would be effective for that purpose.
Hydrangeas make great cuttings and will fill up a vase with just a few stems. The large pillowy flowers add tremendous color to your garden. The plant is fast growing. It will only take a few years for the plant to reach its full five to six feet height. It will get as big around as it is tall. Pruning can help maintain a nice shape and proportion for your plants. Although these plants like partial shade, I have mine in full sun in area where the ground stays moist (next to my A/C unit). The plants seem to thrive in spite of the sun exposure.
A few years ago I wanted something for my front yard that would fill in a space a large bush once called home. My yard was full of the colors green, red and yellow, but no blue. I needed blue, being a Kentucky Wildcats fan and all. Anyway, I looked high and low for something that would bring blue to my yard. My quest ended with my purchase of a Nikko Blue hydrangea. When I bought the hydrangea the blooms were pink, but the display showed me the color of the big blooms depends on … more
I love all perennials...in my garden, I have some hydrangea mophead and nikko blue; one from home depot or big box are NOT organic and always die. support your local organic nursery. I plant a lot of milkweed to save butterflies as well as a lot of butterfly bush for hummingbirds and bees and, in my area, lupine, for a local butterfly whose historic habitat in pine barrens type ecosystem is threatened by man.
I adore hydrangeas. This flower is the perfect blend of color (soothing, yet vibrant and NOT too pastel) and it has fantastic shape and structure. This is also a great flower to use for a wedding. It looks lovely in a vase all by itself.
Nikko Blue hydrangea is the most common class of hydrangea. The Nikko Blue hydrangea has large, round flower heads that are a bold blue. The flowers bloom in late spring, over a rounded canopy of dense foliage. Nikko Blue hydrange have large, oval-shaped leaves that often taper to a point.