Hydrangeas are one of the most popular flower varieties in the world, and they can be found in a range of shades that can bring new life to any garden around blooming time.
They grow happily in different climates and will thrive under the right conditions anywhere from the middle of the United States through to the uttermost tip of South Africa – and if you’d like to add hydrangea to your garden as a first-time flower gardener, there are a few things you should know before planting.
The right conditions for growing hydrangea includes ensuring you have the right kind of soil, and that you’re planting in the right spot to give them access to the right levels of sunlight and moisture without either overwhelming the plant.
Have you decided that hydrangea might be the right plant to fir your flower garden? Here are 9 great step-by-step tips on how to grow them in your garden.
Step 1: Soil Identification
The first step for anyone who wants to utilize their garden best is to identify which types of soil they have in their garden – and from there, to see what can be done in order to create the optimal circumstances for whatever you’d like to plant in your garden. This is a great general rule of thumb for any planting that doesn’t just apply to hydrangeas.
When we’re talking about hydrangeas (and a range of other flowering plants such as roses), they prefer a mixture of compost, soil and sand – sometimes ones that have been enriched with compounds like peat moss, available at most places where you can buy plants, cuttings and seeds.
Test the pH of the soil before planting and make the necessary adjustments where required: Hydrangeas, like many other flowering plants, don’t like soil that’s too close to acidic and plants often won’t take in the beginning phases when the soil conditions aren’t perfect.