Hydrangea

Striking appearance predicts the spring

A crystal ball can predict the future, but a ball full of little coloured flowers can predict the spring. You can bring the spring into your home with a Hydrangea, whether you prefer red, purple, pink, white, blue or green.  The delicate flower petals provide a lovely contrast with the sturdy dark green leaves and woody stems. Will this make you happy?

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World traveler Hydrangea

The Hydrangea in your living room has a rich past. Its ancestors come from namely Asia and South America. The English botanist Sir Joseph Banks brought a Hydrangea back to Europe for the first time at the end of the eighteenth century. The plant became extremely popular through its appearance at the botanical Kew Gardens in London and the Versailles of the Sun King Louis 14th and this has remained the same ever since. Did you know by the way, that as well as the ball shaped Hydrangea you can also get Syringa (lilac) shaped, double coloured, colour changing and lace cap types? This last one is also called a Teller variety.

Caring for the Hydrangea

Let’s be clear: you can’t miss a Hydrangea, which is a good thing as you won’t forget that it needs a daily dose of (soft) water. It also prefers a cool, light position. It will reward your care with an abundance of flowers and the lovely feeling that spring is on its way. Has your Hydrangea finished flowering? From May onwards you can give it a second life on your patio.