Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Have you seen the hydrangeas at Fron Goch?

The colours, varieties & spectacular foliage we have available are bigger, better & more visually stunning than we have done before with hydrangeas. 

As few of our varieties include....

Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'    (rough-leaved hydrangea)

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    One of the new breed of hydrangeas, this handsome deciduous shrub has a long flowering period and mouthwatering colouring. When it first appears the foliage has a chocolate flush to its upper surface, while the reverse is a rich shade of burgundy. The lacecap-like flowers are made up of a violet-blue heart, with soft pink outer florets. A resilient and easy to grow shrub, it is suitable for adding a bit of colour to both borders and pots.
  • Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather, soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Black Steel Zambia'
black steel hydrangea

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Flower colour: rich pink (or bluish on acidic soils)
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A recently introduced cultivar that produces the much-loved flower clusters throughout summer and autumn, but these are carried on lustrous, near-black stems. This gives the plant a unique and attractive twist. The flower colour can vary when grown on acidic soils, but generally the deep pink flowers of 'Zambia' appear a lime green colour when they are first emerging, and both the young and more mature flowers contrast really well with its steely coloured stems. A very welcome addition to the family.
  • Garden care: Leave the old flower heads in place through the winter. As the new shoots start to emerge in spring cut back a third to a quarter of the previous seasons flowering stems to the base and cut back the remaining flower heads to the first pair of buds.
  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant

Shooting Star Hydrangea

The shooting star hydrangea is a broad-leaf (or macryophylla) hydrangea. Its official name is "Hanabi," which means "fireworks" in Japanese. It is a lacecap hydrangea. Lacecap hydrangeas have flattened blooms rather than full, spherical blooms. The shooting star cultivar is popular in part because it does not scatter pollen on the ground as many other species do, and because it has rare, multiplexed blooms. Hydrangeas in general are easy to grow once established, and the shooting star hydrangea is no exception. With only minimum care, this shade-loving shrub will reward you year after year with stunning blooms.

and many more including 'Lacecups', 'Teller Blue', 'Love You Kiss', 'Zero Blue', Hydrangea Sapphire', 'Noblesse', Kardinal Violet'.......