Every gardener or indoor plant lover knows about hydrangeas. Hydrangea paniculata Grandiflora will undoubtedly adorn any garden.
- Hydrangea paniculata: description
- Hydrangea: planting and care
- Hydrangea: reproduction
- Hydrangea paniculata in landscape design
- Dried flowers
Hydrangea paniculata: description
Hydrangea of the "Grandiflora" variety can be grown as a shrub and as a small tree. In height, it can reach two meters, and the diameter of the crown circumference is three meters.
This type of hydrangea differs in its inflorescences from other species of this wonderful plant.
The flowers of the Grandiflora hydrangea are collected in huge pyramidal panicle inflorescences, the length of which can reach 30 centimeters. Hydrangea flowers are mostly sterile, i.e. do not give fruit. When flowering is just beginning, the flowers are creamy white in color. Then their color changes to pure white, gradually changing to pink. With the onset of autumn, towards the end of flowering, the Grandiflora hydrangea changes its color to greenish red.
If the bush you bought does not develop typical inflorescences for a long time, do not rush to get rid of it. The plant needs time to develop, so provide it with the appropriate conditions, and it will delight you for many years.
Hydrangea: planting and care
On the site for planting Grandiflora, it is better to select shaded places. The plant tolerates urban conditions well enough if it is provided with timely watering. The soil should be acidic or slightly acidic. Does not tolerate calcareous soils.
No additional shelter is required during winter. In the spring, it is necessary to monitor the accumulation of flood waters - stagnant moisture has a bad effect on the root system.
When planting, you first need to dig a planting hole 15-20 cm wider than the size of the root system. Add mature organic matter (rotted manure or compost) and sour peat. Place the plant in the hole, moderately compact the soil around it and pour over the settled water.
Caring for adult specimens is simple - ensuring soil moisture and timely pruning.
The plant tolerates pruning well. Pruning is done in the spring when swollen buds are visible. First of all, diseased and old shoots are cut out. When forming the crown, the branches are shortened to the desired length.
Plants are propagated by layering, cuttings and dividing the bush. Hydrangea Grandiflora has a shallow root system that quickly spreads around the mother plant, producing offspring. This is exactly how this type of hydrangea reproduces.
Diluting Grandiflora by cuttings is not difficult, but requires certain knowledge. This hydrangea can be cut only in the first decade of June. At other times, it is unlikely to take root. For this, a stalk with five to six nodes is selected. At the bottom two, the leaves are cut off, then the cutting is dropped into the loose, moist earth for two knots. It is advisable to add sand to the ground. Cut the remaining leaves by two-thirds, then cover the cutting tightly with a two- or three-liter jar. A prerequisite is to carry out rooting of cuttings in the shade, constantly maintaining the moisture of the soil.
You can transplant hydrangeas throughout the growing season. But it is best to divide the bushes in spring and autumn.
Hydrangea paniculata in landscape design
For gardens made in a regular style, it is best to form a standard shape. The hydrangeas of the "Grandiflora" variety are good when decorating the main staircases. If you plant a shrub near a house with columns, you will get a surprisingly expressive, one might say pompous design of the front garden.
When decorating a garden in a landscape style, a natural bushy form is left. The bush is placed in the foreground. To create tiered group compositions, it is good to plant a chubushnik, a mountain ash, an ashberry in the background. It is undesirable to plant plants close to fruit trees, as they will compete with each other for water.
The beauty of Grandiflora can be preserved for winter bouquets of dried flowers. If you cut off the inflorescences, hang each one separately "upside down", then their beauty will serve as the basis for the winter composition. Moreover, the color that the inflorescences had when cutting will remain dry. The only thing is that such dried flowers should be protected from direct sunlight, otherwise they will fade and lose their color.
Hydrangea paniculata varieties "Grandiflora" - undemanding to agricultural technology garden and park culture. Providing your green pet with the right spot in the garden will reward you with spectacular and long-lasting blooms for years.
In addition, hydrangeas are used for cutting and container plantings - to decorate verandas, patios and balconies.