If there’s any plant most gardeners love, I’m betting that hydrangeas are right up there with daylilies, rudbeckia, hosta, and echinicaea. I heart hydrangeas; as a shade gardener, they are my backbone, my go-to, my stand-by when other late summer plants fail me.So why are the plant companies trying to ruin hydrangeas for everyone? During Garden Walk, a few weeks past, this is what I heard:
Wow, I’ve never seen such a deep pink hydrangea.
What do you put in the soil to make them that pink?
I have that hydrangea but it’s not nearly that pink.
The fact is, I do not apply anything to my hydrangeas. The fact is that I only buy named cultivars that are meant to stay a certain color. I just don’t get the adding this or that to create color. I have Limelight (above), which stays white to light green; Blushing Bride which stays white to light pink, and then I have my my favorites: Alpenglow,(top) which goes from pink to light brown and Forever Pink, which is just luscious beyond compare (if you give it some light).
Why make gardeners jump through hoops, adding lime or iron sulphate to create blue or pink? And why sell hydrangeas that won’t ever be either color, just a washed-out lavender?
I don’t get it.