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Hydrangeas

Hortensien kaufenIf you want to buy a hydrangea plant, it is worth browsing through the Lubera assortment here. It will be surprising: in addition to the well-known and proven hydrangeas (also known as hortensia) with their impressive flowers, there are other fantastic varieties to discover in the extended family - also thanks to the remarkable breeding work of the last few years.

   
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No image available Chinese Hydrangea Vine

Schizophragma integrifolium 'Windmills'

£20.40 *

Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea petiolaris, a rather slow growing climbing plant

£20.40 *

No image available Double-flowered Hydrangea You & Me 'Forever'®

Hydrangea macrophylla You & Me 'Forever'® has double pink or blue flowers that appear...

£21.40 *

Hydrangea 'Vanille Fraise'

Hydrangea paniculata - blooms from pink to white

£21.40 *

No image available Hydrangea 'Bavaria'®

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bavaria' forms large flowers with a white edge and blue to...

£16.40 *

No image available Hydrangea 'Bela'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bela' has a long flowering period from June to October

£16.40 *

No image available Hydrangea 'Blaumeise'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blaumeise' has pink to dark blue flowers

£16.40 *

Hydrangea 'Bobo'®

Hydrangea paniculata - a compact Hydrangea, also suitable for pots

£21.40 *

No image available Hydrangea 'Camilla'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Camilla' has single flowers with a pink centre and a white edge.

£16.40 *

No image available Hydrangea 'Libelle'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Libelle' forms pure white florets with pink or blue internal...

£16.40 *

Hydrangea 'Lime Rickey'®

Hydrangea arborescens 'Lime Rickey'® has lime-coloured flowers and a compact habit

£23.40 *

Hydrangea 'Limelight'

Hydrangea paniculata - upright and bushy

£21.40 *

   
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More useful information about Hydrangeas

This shrub, with its opulent inflorescences, has made countless gardeners' hearts beat faster for many decades and has long since shed its somewhat dusty image. So, let yourself be enchanted by the world of hydrangeas: whether lush, ball-shaped flowers with extraordinary colour gradients, noble panicles in pure white or delicate, pastel-coloured, plate-like flowers - there is something for every taste and garden location in the Lubera garden shop. And if you are spoilt for choice, the varieties can also be wonderfully combined.

 

Colourful flowers for your garden

Due to the diversity of hydrangeas, you will find our huge assortment in several categories:

  • Mophead and lace-cap types convince with their pompous flower balls and their great variety of varieties.
  • Oakleaf varieties are majestic to look at and score points not only with their beautiful, white flowers but also with their decorative leaves, which take on spectacular colours in autumn.
  • Panicled types show graceful flowers that are remotely reminiscent of lilac and often inspire with a multicoloured look. They also thrive very well in sunny locations.
  • Smooth types are guaranteed to attract all eyes with their oversized white or pink, spherical flowers.
  • Mountain hydrangeas (Hydrangea serrata) are the graceful representatives, which fit very well into a natural garden.
  • Climbing hortensias develop beautiful umbrella flowers and love to climb house walls and pergolas.

Buy a hydrangea plant - special features

A hydrangea plant typically does not grow taller than about two metres, and some varieties will fit into even the smallest garden. When they are not flowering, they have dense, attractive foliage that dips their surroundings in a lush green. With their ability to thrive in more shady areas, they also enliven the darker corners of the garden. And it's not all for show: the smaller-flowered varieties are also very popular with bees and other pollinators.

About 75 different flowering shrubs have the botanical name Hydrangea (from Greek: hydros = water and angeion = vessel). This is due to the rather high-water requirements of them. Most hydrangea plants originate from East Asia, where they like to grow in light forests, but some species (smooth, oak-leaved) are also native to North America. The impressive inflorescences of hydrangeas consist of many, small, individual flowers. Often sterile, large mock flowers can be found on the outside, whereas the fertile, small flowers, which are interesting for bees and other insects, are arranged inside the flower. The spherical flower splendour with the enormous long-distance effect found in bigleaf types consists only of mock flowers.

The variety of hydrangeas ranges from semi-shrubs to shrubs and small trees. Mophead and mountain hydrangeas are semi-shrubs, as their shoots are not completely woody, which unfortunately makes some varieties a little susceptible to frost damage.

Suitable location for a hydrangea plant

Mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) and climbing hydrangeas (Hydrangea petiolaris) prefer a semi-shady or shady place in the garden. Panicled types (Hydrangea paniculata) thrive in partial shade and sun, and oak-leaf varieties (Hydrangea quercifolia) can cope with almost any location - unlike other hydrangea plant species, they even thrive in slightly calcareous soil. However, when a hydrangea plant is in full sun, the soil must never dry out, so the gardener must be careful when watering. A location sheltered from the wind is generally an advantage. All hydrangea plants do not need too dry, slightly acidic soils. Depending on the initial situation, working in rhododendron soil can then optimise the pH value of the soil for these plants.

Fertilisation and care

If you buy a hydrangea plant, it is important to start fertilising early in the spring. A second fertilisation can then be applied during the second shoot phase from the beginning of June. Use a slow-release fertiliser or an organic fertiliser. If you are cultivating a hydrangea plant with blue flowers, the phosphorus content in the fertiliser should be reduced (the aluminium for the blue flowers is not available to the plants if there is a lot of phosphorus in the soil). They also benefit from the positive properties of a mulch layer (bark mulch with horn shavings), as this keeps the soil moist longer.

A blue flower - the right chemistry

How does blue work? Hydrangea plants that have the potential to turn blue (the dye dolphinidine must be present) need enough aluminium in the soil and low pH value in the soil (4 to 4.5) to be able to absorb the aluminium. If the pH is higher, the flowers will inevitably take on a pink hue. If you want to maintain the beautiful blue colour, you need special soil (bog soil) and a special hydrangea fertiliser containing alum (a double salt of aluminium and potassium). You can also buy alum separately in the pharmacy. Enrich your watering with three grams of alum per litre and water your hydrangea weekly for about 4 weeks from the beginning of May. If possible, water with rainwater, as tap water often contains too much lime.

Pruning

When you buy a hydrangea plant, pruning it is not really all that complicated - as long as you know which species is flowering and thriving in the garden. There are species that reward a strong pruning with a rich flowering and dense foliage. Other types, on the other hand, bloom the previous year and should be cut moderately for a lush flowering in the spring.

With regard to pruning, hydrangeas can be divided into two groups:
 

1) Mophead/lace-cap, mountain, oakleaf and climbing hydrangeas

Their flowering attachments are from the previous year. Therefore, only if necessary, pruning should be done in early spring, removing only those that have faded and possibly thinning out a little by removing individual shoots at the base.

2) Smooth and panicled hydrangeas

These bloom on the new wood, which is formed in the spring. The appropriate time for cutting is either autumn or March. This means that you can cut off all the shoots near the ground without any worries - this measure is even beneficial for a rich flowering and a beautiful growth habit.

Winter protection

Mophead/lace-cap and mountain types, as semi-shrubs, are somewhat susceptible to frost. They freeze back more or less strongly in cold winters but usually sprout again. However, the flower can suffer from severe frost. So if you buy a hydrangea plant and have a location that is prone to frost, it makes sense to cover the plants with fir brushwood and a winter fleece. Especially young plants should be protected.

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