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HydrangeasEasily recognisable for their mop-shaped heads and billowy blooms, hydrangeas are perfectly at home in any garden, and widely admired for their classic charm.
These beautiful flowers come in a range of varieties and shades and are relatively easy to grow. They also make wonderful cut flowers and wedding bouquets.
The hydrangea has its roots - literally - in Japan, where it was not only treasured for its beauty but also used in herbal teas for its medicinal properties. It has been cultivated in western gardens since the first American species were brought to the UK in the 1730s.
The hydrangea is native to southern and eastern Asia, and North and South America, and is a very hardy flower. The plant is well-loved for its large flower heads, which are actually made up of tightly clustered individual florets. In most species of hydrangea, the flowers are white, but in some they can be shades of blue, red, pink or purple. One of the most interesting things about hydrangeas is that their exact colour often depends on how acidic the soil is. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, while neutral soils give pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple petals.
Types of Hydrangea
1. Mophead (Hydrangea Macrophylla) : This is the most popular type of hydrangea. Plants have large globe-shaped flower heads, and blossom colour is changeable. Varieties include Altona, Enziandom and Nigra.
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