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A Classic Southern Beauty Now Blooms in the North

Hydrangea flowers were once considered to be found only in the South, but this classic beauty no blooms in the North as well.
 They grow from early spring to late autumn, in flowerheads at the end of each stem.
 Most species of hydrangea are white, but the macrophylla can be blue, pink, red and light or dark purple.
 The color indicates the pH of the soil it is growing in.
If the soil is acidic, the blossoms will be blue.
If it is alkaline they will be pink or a shade of purple.
 The very pale petals are produced in neutral soil.
The following are a few tips to help keep your hydrangea happy and healthy: ·         These hearty flowers can be planted in full sun or partial shade.
·         They do not easily succumb to insects and diseases.
·         They prefer rich, moist soil, so water weekly.
·         They need to have some shelter from very high winds, as their leaves lose moisture easily and then wilt.
·         After the flowers bloom they need to be pruned.
·         Fertilize in the early spring for best results, using a granular fertilizer.
·         Pruning can be safely done in late summer.
 Buds can still form after that time, which will give you your spring flowers.
 If you prune too late in the season, you may be destroying those blossoms.
There are a few new breeds that develop new growth and budding in the spring.
They have a longer blooming season and are great for border planting or use in container planting.
There is a breed of climbing hydrangea which is a desirable mid-summer flowering woody vine.
It attaches itself to brick, masonry or wood and requires little or no pruning.
Shoots that  have grown too long should be pruned during the summer only.
Oakleaf Hydrangea  is grown primarily for its distinctive and attractive oak leaf-shaped foliage.
It grows best in a lightly shaded and protected area.
It has excellent fall color, attractive flowers and interesting winter bark.
Hills-of-Snow Hydrangea should be pruned to the ground line every winter, as it frequently dies back from the cold.
It flowers abundantly on new growth in the spring.
Pee Gee Hydrangea is the most common because of its massive large white flowers in mid-to-late summer.
The blossoms may gradually turn  pink and remain on the plant in a semi-dried condition long after the leaves have fallen.
Hydrangea also can be dried and used in flower arrangements all year round.

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