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Huge caps of inflorescences on amazingly beautiful and wide dense hydrangea bushes serve as a decoration for any garden. Large ovoid leaves form a spectacular crown with a height of 1 to 3 m, ideally emphasize the beauty of cap-like corymbose and paniculate inflorescences of white, light green, pink, blue color, not limited to 15 cm in diameter.
Lush hydrangeas, decorated with massive inflorescences, appear on the garden scene only in mid-May, but it belongs to one of the most attractive shrubs at the end of the season. Unlike most classical species, they do not bloom in spring, and not even in early summer, but closer to autumn, decorate gardens until October (and even dry inflorescences look surprisingly good in winter).
From hydrangeas create low and medium, very elegant hedges. In multi-row hedges, hydrangea is combined only with conifers and rhododendrons, more often planted at the forefront.
Hydrangeas in the middle lane require brighter lighting than in mild climates, where they reign in partial shade and shade. They do not like midday rays and feel better in a light secluded partial shade. These shrubs are very demanding on the composition and quality of the soil; they prefer to grow on acidic or slightly acidic, at least neutral soils, fertile, loamy, waterproof and of high quality in texture.
Benefits of a hydrangea hedge:
- late flowering periods;
- the ability to create a spectacular massive hedge in shaded areas and on acidic soils;
- massiveness and conviviality;
- large size of leaves and inflorescences.
Best views for hedges
To create unformed spectacular hedges, you can use only two types of hydrangea - tree and paniculate. They have both compact and taller, reaching 3 m varieties, a fairly thick and wide rounded crown, attractive in hedges and without special bottom formation. The difference between the plants is only in the form of inflorescences: if in the tree hydrangea they are classic corymbose, then in the paniculate they are more elongated, up to 25 cm in length.
It is better to create a hedge of hydrangea in early spring. It is better to plant paniculate hydrangeas at the age of 4-5 years, tree hydrangeas at a younger age. Before planting, all seedlings must be shortened long roots and all shoots to 3-4 buds. The standard distance between plants is about 1 meter.
It is advisable to plant a hedge in meter trenches, laying at least a thin layer of drainage on the bottom and adding peat and humus to the removed soil. When planting, try to position the seedlings so that the root collar remains at the soil level. The hedge must be watered immediately and abundantly, and the soil under the plants must be mulched with a layer of peat up to 8 cm high.
Features of caring for a hydrangea hedge
Even in hedges, hydrangeas need constant feeding. They are carried out from the first year after planting, applying mineral fertilizers in the fall, and introducing regular procedures next spring. They must be carried out in early spring with nitrogen fertilizers, during the budding period - with full mineral fertilizers, and also 2 times during the summer with a potassium-phosphorus or complex mixture.
These are moisture-loving shrubs that need regular watering. Even with normal rainfall, at least once a month it is necessary to deeply water the hedge, and during a drought, make it weekly or more often.
Throughout the year, it is necessary to maintain the mulching layer and superficially loosen the soil during weeding (at least up to 3 times per season). In the first two years after planting a hydrangea hedge, it is better to spud for the winter to protect against severe frosts.
Hydrangea hedges need constant pruning. Since panicle and tree hydrangeas bloom only on the branches of the current year, without pruning they quickly degenerate and bloom poorly. Already in the first year of cultivation, all branches are shortened by 1-2 / 3 of their length. The larger the bush, the stronger the pruning should be. From the next year, the shortening of the branches is carried out in early spring, in March-April, during the swelling of the buds.
On the bushes, last year's growths are removed to a well-developed bud above the older part of the branches. Every 2-3 years, thinning is also carried out, removing lignified shoots from among the oldest. Old hedges can be trimmed to a height of 50-80 cm for rejuvenation. In autumn, faded inflorescences can be either left to decorate the winter garden, or removed.
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