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The plant needs bright light without direct sunlight. In summer and spring, the temperature is maintained around 20 degrees, and in winter around 10, but not below 6 degrees. Water abundantly in summer and spring, reduce watering in autumn, and water moderately in winter. Hydrangea responds well to regular spraying. Fertilize hydrangea in spring and summer every week.

Anti-aging pruning is carried out in March-April. Hydrangea is a deciduous plant, the dormant period lasts two to three months. Plants are transplanted annually at the end of winter. Hydrangea is propagated most often by cuttings.

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Hydrangea is garden or large-leaved, as well as its varieties, the hydrangea is Japanese and changeable.

In the photo: Hydrangea arborescens / tree hydrangea

In the photo: Hydrangea arborescens / tree hydrangea

In the photo: Hydrangea arborescens / tree hydrangea

In the photo: Hydrangea arborescens / tree hydrangea

In the photo: Hydrangea macrophylla / garden hydrangea (large-leaved)

In the photo: Hydrangea macrophylla / garden hydrangea (large-leaved)

In the photo: Hydrangea macrophylla / garden hydrangea (large-leaved)

In the photo: Hydrangea paniculata / panicle hydrangea

In the photo: Hydrangea paniculata / panicle hydrangea


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Large-leaved hydrangea: the best varieties with photos

Breeders constantly work with large-leaved hydrangea, increasing not only winter hardiness, but also the decorative qualities of plants. So, in recent years, not only varieties of garden hydrangea that are resistant in cold regions have begun to appear actively, but also capable of changing color at different stages of flowering, with atypical coloration of trunks or leaves, and the presence of flowers with an unusual texture.

Large-leaved, or garden, hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) at home, in China and Japan, reaches 4 m in height. We have a low shrub (up to 1 m) with large leaves and blue flowers where the soil is acidic, and pink to slightly alkaline.

Most garden forms have globular inflorescences consisting entirely of sterile flowers. Blooms in July-August.

  • Directions for breeding large-flowered hydrangeas
    • Inflorescence shape
    • Features of flowers
    • Variability
  • Pros of large-leaved hydrangea
  • The secret of the purple color of hydrangea
  • The most resilient series of large-leaved hydrangeas
    • Endless Summer Series
      • Endless summer
      • Blue bloom star
      • Twist & Shout
      • Blushing bride
    • Forever & Ever Series
      • Fantasia
      • Red sensation
      • Peppermint
    • You & Me Series
      • Romance
      • Together
      • Expression
      • Eternity
      • You & me love
  • Other series of large-leaved hydrangea
    • Hovaria series
      • Love you kiss
      • Hopcorn
      • Hobella
      • Riple
      • Sweet fantasy
    • Magical Series
  • More varieties of large-leaved hydrangea
    • Schloss wackerbarth
    • White wave
    • Fireworks White / Hanabi
    • Nikko Blue
    • Ayesha
    • Early blue
    • Lollypop

pictured hydrangea large-leaved varieties Endless Summer

How hydrangea winters in the Moscow region

The climate of central Russia has its own characteristics. December in the Moscow region is characterized by frequent temperature changes, thaws and rains. January and February usually bring frost and cold winds to this area. In such conditions, hydrangeas need protection.

Large-leaved and tree-like hydrangeas are especially sensitive to climatic surprises. Paniculata are more hardy, but plants 1 - 2 years of age need shelter for the winter, no matter what species they belong to. Plants transplanted to a new place in the fall also need protection.

The homeland of hydrangea is the Far East, China and Japan. Therefore, plants, accustomed to abrupt changes in temperatures and high humidity, quite easily adapt to the conditions of the Moscow region. For example, adult specimens of panicle hydrangea are able to winter safely without shelter, even at temperatures of -40 degrees.

They begin to warm the garden hydrangea in the Moscow region from the middle of summer, no later than the beginning of autumn. The preparation includes a number of procedures. You can not start sheltering if the plant is weakened and sick. If you neglect the rules of preparation, then later you can lose abundant flowering.

Hydrangeas in landscape design

With good growing conditions and proper care, hydrangea (hydrangea) can bloom all summer. There are more than 70 species of this plant, and a huge number of varieties cannot even be enumerated. The bush is immortalized in a beautiful legend: a girl who fell in love with a brave warrior disappeared into thin air, leaving her beloved in memory of a flowering bush with pink inflorescences. Since then, people have been growing hydrangeas in different parts of the world.

A brief history of the emergence of culture

Excavations in different parts of the world confirm that hydrangea appeared on the earth millions of years ago. Initially, it grew in the region of North America, and later migrated to Asia. The hydrangea (Hydrangea) got its Latin name due to the structure of the seed capsule, which looks like a vessel for water.

The plant appeared in the gardens of Europe only in the 18th century, it was brought here from North America by D. Bartram, who was keen on botany. It was a treelike hydrangea species. Soon another botanist, K. Peter Thunberg, was sent to the Japanese islands for seeds of large-leaved hydrangea, which he managed to get with great difficulty. So new plant species began to spread in Europe.

Hydrangeas in landscape design

Half a century later, the German scientist F. von Siebold procured and brought several varieties of this culture unknown to European botanists, including the panicle hydrangea.

For your information! At first, the plant was not often used in the landscaping of gardens in Europe. Real popularity came to him at the beginning of the XX century. after the next botanical exhibition. This was the beginning of a widespread culture in many countries where hydrangea is still popular.

Popular varieties for garden decoration

To decorate the gardens and parks of Russia, landscape designers use 2 types of hydrangea in projects: panicle, tree and large-leaved. The first 2 species have gained popularity due to their unpretentiousness and frost resistance. In the Middle Lane, for their planting, it is better to choose the most sunlit places. In the southern regions, it is recommended to organize a little shading for the hydrangea. Below is a list of the 10 most famous plant varieties in Russia.


Anabel The variety belongs to the tree-like hydrangea. The plant is a shrub that grows up to 1.5 m tall, with a spherical crown 3 m in diameter.Large inflorescences are spherical in shape, their size in diameter is from 15 to 25 cm.At the initial stage of development, the flowers have a greenish color, in the process of flowering they become snow-white. Young seedlings require shelter for the winter. Adult plants show good frost resistance, are unpretentious, and are not susceptible to disease. Lives up to 50 years.

Vanilla Fraise

A popular representative of the panicle hydrangea. Shrub about 2 m high with a spreading crown. At the beginning of flowering, the petals are snow-white, in the sun they turn pink, gradually acquiring a crimson hue by autumn. The inflorescences are pyramidal in shape and up to 35 cm long, resembling in appearance ice cream with strawberry syrup. Blooms in the first year of planting. Excellent frost resistance. Young specimens require mulching for the winter.


Two-meter compact bush that does not require a garter. Flowers in broad-pyramidal inflorescences 30 cm long bloom by August and remain on the plant until frost. The petals gradually change their color from lime to yellow and then snow-white. In autumn, the flowers turn pinkish, and the leaves turn purple. The variety requires fertile soil, has good disease resistance and excellent frost resistance, which increases with age.


A repairing variety belonging to the large-leaved hydrangea species. The flowers have bicolor petals with a pink, blue or purple center and white edging. The brush is folded into a sphere with a diameter of up to 25 cm. The height of the bush is 0.7-0.9 m. The crown is spherical in shape, compact. The variety requires good lighting. Can be grown in a container.

Pinky Winky

Panicle hydrangea of ​​the Belgian selection. The height of the bush varies from 1.5 to 2.5 m. The crown is wide, spreading. Inflorescences are cone-shaped, snow-white in color, up to 25 cm long. The formation of brushes continues until autumn. Their base turns purple, and new white flowers bloom at the tops. Requires a garter to support because of the extra large hands. Before wintering, the inflorescences are cut off so that the shoots do not break off. The winter hardiness of the variety is high.

Polar Bear

One of the best varieties of panicle hydrangea. The height of the bush is 1.5-2 m, it looks compact. Inflorescences are broad-pyramidal, very large up to 30-40 cm. Shoots are strong, resistant to drooping. In the initial stage of flowering, the petals have a lime color, then they successively change it to white and cream. By the end of summer, the flowers turn pink. Easy to grow in any climate. The plant is not prone to disease, it recovers quickly. In winter, hydrangea does not require shelter, but needs mulching.


A popular variety of tree hydrangea. The bush grows to an average of 1.5 m. The crown is loose, spherical. Drooping shoots. Inflorescences are corymbose, convex, white. The plant winters well in the Central lane, in the northern regions it requires shelter. Differs in rapid growth. For more lush flowering, it needs pruning.

White Dome

The variety is a well-known representative of the tree hydrangea. The height of the bush is up to 1.5 m. The leaves are large. The inflorescences are a domed shield with a diameter of up to 25 cm, they look openwork. The color of the petals is creamy with a white border. The branches are erect, do not require support. Crown diameter up to 3 m. The plant gives a good annual growth and has a high winter hardiness. Only young specimens of hydrangea can freeze.


A spreading and powerful bush of two meters in height and the same width with vertical shoots. Conical inflorescences, up to 30 cm long, consist of large creamy flowers. By the beginning of autumn, the petals turn pink. The variety is not picky about the composition of the soil, it has good resistance to diseases. Can be grown as a standard tree. Winter hardiness is excellent. When freezing, the plant quickly recovers and blooms magnificently. It is better to plant it in sunny places. Hydrangea Phantom is a true long-liver.

Endless Summer

A well-known variety of large-leaved hydrangea. Refers to the remontant group. The height of the bush according to the description is up to 1.5 m. The inflorescences are spherical, 10-15 cm in diameter. The color of the petals depends on the acidity of the soil. The flowers can be blue or pink. The plant has a pleasant aroma and is often used for cutting. For the winter in the Middle Lane requires light shelter.

Planting and growing

Most hydrangea varieties need good lighting for flowering. It is better to choose a place where the plant can receive sun in the morning or evening hours. The midday heat can cause burns on the leaves. Any building or tall neighbors can become protection from the scorching sun. If hydrangea is used in the landscape, with which it is combined according to growing conditions, it should also be taken into account.

Important! Increased lighting requirements for Phantom, Endless Samme, Peppermint varieties.

The soil for these plants should be loose, but at the same time retain water well, sandy loam soil will not work for them. For high-quality flowering, the indicator of soil fertility is important, therefore, the cultivation of hydrangea requires fertilization. Top dressing begins to be introduced simultaneously with the beginning of the growing season, alternating organic and mineral.

All nutrients are supplied to the plant in liquid form. Superphosphate, potassium sulfate are used as top dressing. Nitrogen fertilizers need to be applied only in early spring, later they can enhance the growth of green mass to the detriment of flowering. It is important to provide the hydrangea with nutrients at the time of bud formation.

Important! Polar Beer, Limelight, White House and Endless Summe are especially demanding on soil fertility.

Most varieties of hydrangea require pruning, which can be done in spring or autumn, as the plant blooms on the shoots of this and last year. For panicle and tree hydrangeas, pruning in the spring is more suitable, since their inflorescences are formed at the tops of new shoots. But the large-leaved hydrangea is cut in the fall, in the spring only frozen and dried shoots are removed.

Creating compositions with hydrangeas

Creating compositions with hydrangeas

If you have a summer cottage or a country house, you need to approach the landscaping of the territory competently. Hydrangeas in the design of a summer cottage often become the center of a flower arrangement:

  • Vanilla Fries is used in mixborders. The variety looks great near phlox, framed by a cuff and stonecrops.
  • Limelight serves in the landscape to form hedges, high curbs, becomes the center of the mixborder.
  • White House is often planted as a tapeworm, the plant is also effectively combined with dwarf leaves, shrubs.
  • The Endless Samme variety, planted near the garden pavilion, will create a cozy and romantic atmosphere for relaxation.
  • Hydrangeas look spectacular against the background of coniferous hedges. As for conifers, blue spruces, boxwood, juniper, cotoneaster are combined with it.

When deciding for yourself what to plant next to a hydrangea, you need to focus on the general style of the garden. Panicled hydrangeas in landscape design will look appropriate on a site that is decorated in Russian style. Hydrangeas, planted on the banks of a natural or artificially constructed reservoir, look very picturesque. Such a landscape looks like it came out from under the artist's brush.

To create a hedge from hydrangea, you can combine several varieties at once, modeling the shape of the shrub using pruning. A single bush of this plant looks luxurious and at the same time laconic against the background of a well-groomed lawn. In group planting, hydrangea looks great along with spirea and other flowering shrubs.

A flowerbed with hydrangea would be appropriate for an English-style garden. In this case, plant specimens should be planted at the same distance from each other and have the same color scheme. A French-style garden involves planting a hydrangea in the entrance area, where it will welcome guests with its ceremonial appearance.

Drawing up flower beds

Hydrangeas go well with many things in the garden. For flower beds, low-growing varieties of hydrangea with narrow foliage and inflorescences of different shades are best suited. The plan for a flower garden on a personal plot should be planned in advance. What can be planted next to a hydrangea? If the design of the garden is in the English style, you can plant it on a flower bed with geraniums and various ornamental grasses. On a site sustained in a rustic style, when creating a flower bed, watering cans, buckets, cans, into which a hydrangea can be planted, will be appropriate.

You can also arrange for planting in a wooden box. Wooden benches and a table, a well, a gazebo will harmoniously fit into such a design. Ferns perfectly complement the hydrangea in the flower bed.Stylistically, they are equal partners and can create amazing ensembles, colors and textures, producing an equally noble impression.

Note! Compositions of hydrangeas, roses and hosts in the garden look beautiful. Due to the variety of colors, hosts will be able to emphasize all the advantages of the majestic shrubs. Cereals unexpectedly look in the company with hydrangea: miscanthus, millet, chanonekloa. Such a duet looks simply luxurious, despite the seeming incongruity.

If we consider flowering crops, plants of light shades are most suitable for hydrangeas: astilbe, anemones, unpredictable physostegia, paniculate phlox. The inflorescences do not have to be white, you can use a contrasting, bright color, achieving the perfect combination. Daylilies, primrose irises and daffodils can all serve as graceful frames for a luxurious hydrangea bush.

When choosing plants for a garden in which hydrangea plays a leading role, you should support the overall concept of the landscape being created. It is imperative to take into account the flowering time so that the site looks great throughout the season. Today hydrangeas remain fashionable, in demand and irreplaceable, and the variety of varieties allows you to find "your" plant, with which you will definitely be able to make friends.

Winter-hardy large-leaved hydrangeas: will they bloom with us?

It is very difficult for an inexperienced gardener to resist buying. large-leaved hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophilla). Usually, Western European nurseries supply them in containers already in a blooming state: the lush splendor of colorful bushes cannot leave any gardener indifferent. But it must be borne in mind that by settling a macrophile in your garden, you must provide it with special wintering conditions in the harsh climate of Russia. The biological features of this type of hydrangea are that flower buds are laid on last year's shoots and require careful winter shelter.

In hydrangea large-leaved flower buds are laid on the shoots of last year, so the plant needs careful shelter for the winter.

Thanks to the efforts of breeders, in the 1980s, remontant varieties appeared in the line of large-leaved varieties that bloom both on the shoots of the last year and on the shoots growing in the current season. They bloom, however, rather late and are more suitable for regions where there is a long warm autumn. In central Russia, flowering may be defective due to the early onset of cold weather. And even these varieties should not only be sheltered for the winter, but also protected from early autumn frosts.

Hydrangeas are usually delivered in containers already in bloom

New hydrangeas are classified as winter hardy. But winter hardiness is a relative concept. Let us recall that the large-leaved species are native to Japan and China, from there, where the conditions for their existence are much more suitable: macrophiles like a warm and humid climate. In Europe, they were generally first grown as indoor plants and were not planted anywhere beyond greenhouses.

In a rather harsh Russian climate, certain varieties of large-leaved plants are able to survive, but subject to their indispensable winter shelter. The question is not only that the bushes endure the conditions of difficult wintering with its negative temperatures and prolonged thaws.

The lush splendor of large-leaved hydrangea cannot leave indifferent any gardener

It's all about flowering, which may not happen, since flower buds laid on last year's shoots are very sensitive to cold weather. Even a small fall or spring return frost can destroy them. Literally overnight, you will lose the opportunity to admire the flowering of these hydrangeas in the current season, although the bush itself can come out of winter without any visible losses. Therefore, in relation to large-leaved plants, there can be only one conclusion: uncovering varieties do not exist in Russia, whatever breeders and suppliers may say about their "winter hardiness".

Viral disease

In addition to fungal diseases that can affect hydrangea, diseases of viral origin also require detailed study.

Ring spot

Hydrangea ring spot disease

First, fuzzy spots in the form of rings appear on the plant (their diameter is about 2 cm). Then the foliage becomes deformed, wrinkled, it falls off. Also, the plant may stop blooming or small and weak buds appear. Unfortunately, no drugs have yet been developed to treat ring spot. But you need to remember that the disease can be transmitted through seedlings. So get healthy, strong seedlings. And if you want to propagate the culture by cuttings, then cut off completely healthy cuttings.

The best varieties of winter-hardy tree hydrangeas for the Moscow region

One of the best varieties of tree hydrangeas for the Moscow region is ‘Annabelle’!

But how will he winter? What if a shelter is still needed? And is it true that the inflorescences without any tricks on the part of the grower will be as huge as in the catalog? After more than a dozen years, we can say with confidence: the variety is wonderful!

It seems like not long ago everyone was chasing ‘Hayes Starburst’ - the first terry winter-hardy variety of hydrangeas, and then, having received the coveted plant and watching the first flowering, many were disappointed.

Apparently, they dreamed of something like a terry 'Annabelle', But here the inflorescences cannot boast of a gigantic size, the branches are thin, require support, the bush grows for a long time, and it is no more than a meter tall. Those who want a more luxuriant plant, and most importantly - right away, are unlikely to like this variety. This plant is exquisite, you cannot plant it in the far corner of the garden, flowers can be seen only up close. And the number of branches is a real deal, moreover, with age, they will certainly become more powerful.

Another hit we had a few years ago is the variety ‘Incrediball’... According to the description, this variety of tree hydrangea is similar to ‘Annabelle’, but it is an improved version: ‘Incrediball’ flowers are four times larger, and the diameter of the inflorescence is up to 30 cm! The main "trick" is that the inflorescence resembles a ball. However, some growers complain that they have not yet seen the promised "ball". Again, you just have to wait. Young hydrangeas may not immediately show their varietal characteristics (although, alas, a re-grading cannot be ruled out).

The ‘Invicibelle’ tree hydrangea variety is suitable for the Moscow region, it is really winter-hardy and in the spring it is found very vigorous plant! It is pointless to discuss the shade and structure of the inflorescence: some people like them, some do not.

As you can see in the photo, the ‘Invicibelle’ tree hydrangea variety has a transparent, airy inflorescence, a rather complex shade - muffled, dark pink:

This is unusual for Russian gardens. But the 'Invicibelle' is interesting precisely because of its dissimilarity to other forms.

Of course, the fact that her stems lie down, and the inflorescences sometimes bow their heads, is not encouraging. But, firstly, these plants are very young in our country - in order for them to show themselves in all their glory, five years, or even more, must pass. Secondly, this hydrangea needs delicate supports and no less delicate neighbors.

The variegated tree hydrangea, even if it appears, is unlikely to winter in our climate without shelter. Another thing is with purple or yellow leaves. Breeders should already be thinking about these plants!

Her inflorescences were almost like the variety 'Grandiflora', only smaller. This miracle lived for four years and then froze out in one winter with little snow. It was necessary to take the plant more seriously - at least to mulch the trunk circle in the fall.

What was the name of the cultivar? Experts in unison asserted that such a plant does not exist at all and cannot be.

Look at the photo of tree hydrangeas, the names of which are given above:

Diseases and pests of garden hydrangea

The plant is resistant to diseases and pests, however, may be amazed:

  1. Aphids, which can be driven away by infusion of garlic. To do this, 200 g of chopped garlic is infused in a bucket of water for two days. You can add 40 g of laundry soap to the solution, and spray the plant once every 5-7 days.
  2. Powdery mildew infects hydrangeas with excess air humidity. When it appears, the plant is treated with a solution of copper sulfate with soap or special fungicidal agents.
  3. Sharply clarified hydrangea leaves indicate plant chlorosis. The leaves can lose their natural color due to the excessive content of humus or lime in the soil. Chlorosis is eliminated by alternately watering the plant every three days with copper sulfate and potassium nitrate.

The most beautiful hydrangea plant is excellent suitable for single and group plantings, goes well with low conifers and looks great against the background of stones. With proper planting and caring for it, you can admire the magnificent flowering and be proud of your flower garden all summer until autumn.

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