Hydrangea Gardening Tips

Hydrangea Gardening Tips

Exposure: For better and more blooms, give plants morning sun and light afternoon shade.
Soil: Make it rich and well drained. Add plenty of organic material at planting time. Don’t forget to mulch.
Pruning: Make cuts as needed to control form—late in dormant season for types blooming on new growth, after flowering for those blooming on previous year’s growth. For biggest flower clusters, reduce number of stems; for numerous medium-size clusters, keep more stems. 

Planting Bulbs

Fill your container with a high-quality potting mix (don't use garden soil) and plant your bulbs as deeply as you would in the ground; for instance, 6 or 7 inches deep for tulips and daffodils, and 4 or 5 inches deep for little bulbs such as crocus and Siberian squill. Water your bulbs well after planting.
If you grow bulbs in a container that's too small to spend the winter outdoors, or one that is made from a material such as terra-cotta that needs protection, keep the planted bulbs someplace cold, such as a garage or shed. Don't bring your bulbs indoors; most basements will be too warm for them to develop properly.
Once temperatures begin to warm in spring, you can augment your containers of spring bulbs with cool-season annuals such as lettuce, Swiss chard, pansy, viola, nemesia, or African daisy.
Or pack more punch in one pot by mixing types of bulbs. Plant your bigger bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, deeper. Cover them with soil, then plant smaller bulbs, such as crocus, grape hyacinth, or snowdrops, directly above them.


Producing small, perfect, jewel-tone flowers, these beauties open over several weeks. Spiderworts bloom freely, but seldom produce the "wow" factor of some perennials. Group them for the best impact. Provide leafy neighbors to camouflage fading foliage. Warm-climate types make dense groundcovers in Southern gardens.
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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
6-36 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
8-36 inches wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
White, pink, blue, violets flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms spring and summer, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Drought Tolerant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow