We have entered our hot season here. Not hot by many of your standards, but on a Normandy scale, Very Hot. From the second half of July through August, it can be a challenge to keep the garden really colourful, but one family of plants that can be relied upon are hydrangeas.
I have hydrangeas all around the garden, the first to flower is the huge climbing hydrangea which first blooms in May, and then continues to flower, although not so fully, through until the fall.At this time of year, the overwhelming huge flowers are long gone, but we still have these daintier versions of a recent glory.
In front of our terrace I have planted four Annabelle hydrangeas, and despite being in full sun, they seem to like it here. They require water on a hot day, and I really should stake them to stop them bending under the weight of their giant blooms. I love them as cut flowers to bring inside, and for the way they frame the front of the house.
When you have very tall roses along a barn wall they tend to get leggy and bare around the knees, and I find that this huge Hydrangea Paniculata Quercifolia is great for filling up that lower space. It needs no maintenance, no staking, not that much water and I am a big fan.
As well as having hydrangeas planted in the ground, I also have quite a few in pots on the terrace, including some rather large Raspberry and Cream Paniculata varieties. Pots have to be watered regularly, but these are great for giving shape and texture to the terrace.
And how about you? Do hydrangeas grow in your part of the world? Is it a long season? I’d love to know.