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Red Hydrangeas

Red hydrangeas are hard to find. Most that profess to be red are actually a dark pink. Even those that are almost a red can benefit from some lime added to the soil now and then.

Red hydrangeas planted in acidic soil may suffer some color change from too much aluminum uptake. Like other hydrangeas with globes of flowers, they offer large green leaves and summer flower spheres gracing the outer regions of the plant.

They bloom most of the summer, and can make excellent cut flowers. With the new cultivars now available, the gardener has many more choices than were available in the past.

Landscaping Ideas

Red hydrangeas make a wonderful specimen plant or a spectacular border. Group them in a mass planting or mix them with other shrubs. Use them as cut flowers or dry the flower heads for arrangements.

They are shade tolerant, so they make a great choice for a tricky spot with little sun. Use them as underplantings in wooded areas or put them on a shady side of a building. They require little maintenance and don't have problems with many pests.

Planting And Care

To maintain the best red hydrangeas, be sure to add a little lime to the soil when you plant the shrub. Plant where the hydrangea will get partial shade during the heat of the day.

Make the hole twice as wide as the rootball and as deep as the pot you are removing the plant from. The top of the rootball should be just at the surface of the soil. Water well on a regular basis. Hydrangeas do not tolerate drought.

Feed in the spring with a general purpose fertilizer. Mulch the plant deeply as winter approaches to protect it.

In colder climates, surround the plant with a cylinder of chicken wire in the winter and fill it with shredded leaves, straw or any other insulating material that does not compact. You can also wrap the whole thing in burlap for an added layer of protection.

Prune right after flowering as new flower buds will grow on old wood.

List Of Hydrangea Macrophylla - That Are Red or Pink

  • Ayesha
  • Black Stem Bigleaf
  • Button n Bows
  • Glowing Embers
  • Hornli
  • Lady in Red
  • Merritt's Beauty
  • Pink n Pretty
  • Pink Elf
  • Red n Pretty
  • Teller Red Big Leaf

Hydrangea Information

  • Scientific Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

  • Best Soil: Moist, well drained soil

  • Light: Partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Green

  • Fall Color: Purple

  • Bloom: Globes of pinkish-red or red flowers

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 3 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 10 feet wide in a rounded form

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 -8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 4 to 10 feet apart

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