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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Mophead/Lace-cap hydrangeas

Hydrangea macrophylla from Lubera

Old varieties newly discovered! When you buy Hydrangea macrophylla, you will be amazed by its oversized, colourful flower panicles and the irrepressible will to flower.

   
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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Schöne Bautznerin'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Schöne Bautznerin' with dusky pink flowers

£15.90 *

Mophead hydrangea, blue

Hydrangea macrophylla

£13.90 *

Mophead hydrangea, red

Hydrangea macrophylla

£13.90 *

Mophead hydrangea, white

Hydrangea macrophylla

£13.90 *

Smooth Hydrangea 'Ruby Annabelle'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Ruby Annabelle' forms red flowers throughout the entire summer

£27.90 *

   
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More information about Hydrangea macrophylla

 

Mophead/lace-cap hydrangeas are perhaps the most famous and, for some garden lovers, also the most beautiful hydrangeas. In any case, it is fair to say that these types are popular again.

Hydrangea macrophylla is an eye-catcher: with its lush, ball-shaped flowers, it sets itself in a scene in the garden or on the terrace. Particularly spectacular are of course the blue flower colours, which you can preserve permanently with the right know-how. These hydrangeas bloom well into the autumn, and when they fade, they show a wonderful play of colours, especially in the 'Hovaria' varieties.

 

 

Hydrangea macrophylla - opulent flower balls for your garden

 

Mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas have a long garden history, but of course, there are always new and exciting varieties to discover. Some of these even make maintenance easier: varieties such as 'Everbloom' are even forgiving if pruned incorrectly and they have an immense abundance of flowers.

 

Take a look at our Lubera assortment: from the well-known and proven types to attractive, new varieties - our colourful range is rich and offers something for every desire!

  • The variety 'Schöne Bautznerin' is a classic that captivates with its lush, vintage-pink coloured flowers.
  • ‘Bela' is also a well-known gem that blooms in a beautiful pink or deep blue, depending on the pH of the soil.
  • Everbloom ‘Red Wonder' has three advantages: it forms stunning red flower balls, blooms on old and new shoots and is also quite hardy.

 

Special featuresHydrangea macrophylla at Lubera

 

The mophead hydrangea (bot. Hydrangea macrophylla) originates from Japan and loves damp forest edges and water areas. They are sometimes called ball hydrangeas, although they are often referred to as smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens). In general, mophead hydrangeas have large spherical or umbrella-shaped flowers that decorate the plants from June to October. These hydrangeas cut a fine figure in the garden and in a container. They can grow into spreading shrubs over the years. Depending on variety and location, they can reach two metres high and at least as wide. The decorative shrubs are suitable for semi-shady sites under trees, for the front garden, but also for perennial beds. These are so-called semi-shrubs, as their shoots do not completely lignify, which unfortunately makes some varieties a little susceptible to frost damage.

 

Blue flower colour

 

If you want to buy a blue flowering Hydrangea macrophylla, or to bring about a colour change, you should pay attention to the following factors:

  • The soil ideally has a pH of 4 to 4.5
  • There is sufficient aluminium in the soil solution
  • The chosen mophead hydrangea has the potential to take on a blue colour (usually there is a colour change from pink to blue)
  • It is not fertilised too often with phosphorus

The pH value of the soil affects the flower colour of Hydrangea macrophylla. The more acidic soil is, the more the flower will turn blue. Work plenty of rhododendron soil and possibly leaf compost into your soil - a sandy soil will quickly become acid. A loamy soil should possibly be completely replaced around the planting hole, as it buffers the acid well and therefore does not have the right pH value. In a planter, you can achieve the right pH value simply by filling in the right soil (hydrangea, rhododendron, bog soil). It is also best to water your hydrangea with rainwater, as this is less calcareous.

You can add the aluminium to the soil in the form of alum (potassium aluminium alum), which can be found in a pharmacy: dissolve three grams of alum per litre of water and water weekly from May to June. Alternatively, you can buy special hydrangea fertilisers with integrated blue dye. If the flowers are pink in colour, the transformation takes months - so a little patience is required.

Do not apply a fertiliser with a high phosphorus content. If you do, the aluminium cannot be absorbed by the plant because it is firmly bound by the phosphorus. A special fertiliser for hydrangeas (with alum) is more suitable here.

 

The right location

 

Mophead hydrangeas prefer a lime-poor, moist and humus-rich soil with a pH value between 4.5 and 6. How to make the soil more acidic can be read in the previous section ("Blue flower colour"). However, if you are not wanting a blue colour, the lowering of the pH value does not have to be so drastic. A location sheltered from the wind on the house wall is ideal, as some varieties are somewhat sensitive to frost. The location should be in partial shade if possible.

 

Care

 

If you buy Hydrangea macrophylla, spring is recommended for a new planting in the garden, as the plants can then take root well until the winter. It is best to use a special acidic hydrangea fertiliser (with alum for blue flowers). Large-flowered varieties should be provided with perennial supports so that the heavy flowers and stems do not bend after heavy rainfall. A hydrangea needs a lot of water - but towards late summer you should not water as often and not apply any more fertiliser. This way the branches can lignify better and prepare for the winter.

 

The right cut

 

With this type of hydrangea, the flower usually develops on this year's wood already in the previous year (there are, however, exceptions, e.g. 'Everbloom') and this must be taken into account when pruning. Only cut off withered flowers and dead or frozen branches. Newer varieties also flower on new wood and can, therefore, be cut back radically in the spring.

 

Winter protection

 

The non-woody shoot tips of these hydrangeas usually freeze off, but this is not too bad. However, if the shoots with the flower attachments also suffer frost damage, the flowering will, unfortunately, fail to appear next year. As a precaution, cover the ground around the hydrangea with fir brushwood and leaves. A fleece cover is also recommended in unfavourable locations. If possible, you should overwinter the plant in a container in a frost-free spot.

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