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Today I would like to share with you some fascinating things about the lovely flower that is the hydrangea. It’s been decorating my living space for years now and it is an honour to present it to you!
It’s common knowledge that Hydrangea is a genus of flowering plants that includes over seventy species each more beautiful than the other. Here is my selection of more than 5 stunning Hydrangea types that you can grow in your homes.
1. Hydrangea Serrata
Ah, the Bluebird!
This type of hydrangea is also known as Mountain Hydrangea and it looks rather appealing in your indoor spaces. Trust me, I have one.
It flowers in springtime and you will be amazed by the variety of colours you will see in a single plant. Depending on the soil condition, the flower colour can be either light blue or pale pink while in the fall the leaves turn red.
Out of all hydrangea, the Bluebird might easily be the most appealing one precisely for being so colourful.
When growing it indoors you need to provide the proper space since it grows some 120 cm both in height and width.
Besides, for the proper care and growth, you need to choose medium moisture and well-draining soils. In addition, you don’t need to avoid full sun exposure since the Bluebird adores the sun.
As I’ve said, the flowers are either light blue or pale pink, but you can enhance the colour by adding aluminium sulphate to boost the blueness and you can use lime to make your flowers more pink.
The maintenance is not an issue either. Prune it in early spring by cutting the stems so as to keep the healthy rosebuds only.
I do this to mine and it comes more luscious each year.
2. Mophead Hydrangea/Hydrangea Macrophylla
While the last one might be the prettiest, Mophead is maybe one of the most common types of hydrangea you will find out there.
It also features light blue and pale pink flower, but in difference to the previous one, this shrub can also give white flowers.
You can also find it under the name French hydrangeas, bigleaf hydrangeas, and even hortensia.
Together with its large flower heads, Mophead is easily recognized by its large bright green leaves that can grow quite big.
The reason I love them, in particular, is that they won’t miss flowering each summer and you can rely on having a blooming flower in your home throughout the summer.
On top of that, they grow so fast and you don’t have to wait for long to enjoy lovely flowers.
For optimum growth, moist, well-draining soil and full sun or partial shade are just enough and you will see your Mophead grow as tall as you are. Also, note that it can be almost as equally wide as it’s tall.
So, hedge it!
3. Hydrangea Chinensis
Native to China and Japan, this med shrub features white flowers that typically bloom October to December.
Here you can find Hydrangea Chinensis and Hydrangea Chinensis Formosa, the latter typically grown in Taiwan.
It is a rather resistant plant since it can tolerate frost and will survive even outside. However, when growing it inside, make sure to keep it in the partial sun since the full sun exposure might do more harm than good.
The leaves on this type of Hydrangea are serrated and grow up to some 4 cm while its flowers are of lacecap type.
Maintenance is, again, rather simple. Plant it in well-draining soil for optimum growth and in spring you can also add some fertilizer.
4. Hydrangea Heteromalla
Besides being native to China, this deciduous shrub is also found on the Himalayas.
It is another splendid type coming from the hydrangea family. Unlike its predecessors on the list, this one is characterised by exclusively white showy flowers.
It can grow even up to 4 meters, both in height and width and at the same time, its leaves can grow up to 2 m long and 80 cm wide. This is why hedging is highly recommended for this type of hydrangea.
As is the case with other members from its family, Hydrangea Heteromalla is also easy to care for.
Basically, as long as you plant it in moist and well-draining soils and keep it in partial shade to full sun, it will thrive to your great satisfaction.
The blooming period starts in May and extends all throughout June so with the early signs of summer you will have your Hetormalla fully blossomed and bloomed.
5. Hydrangea Involucrata
This one is also known as Bracted Hydrangea and it comes from either Japan or the Himalayas.
It reaches some 2 meters in height and almost as much in width. For indoor conditions, it is best to hedge it and adapt it to your closed space.
Hydrangea involucrata is also characterised by lacecap sterile white flowers that are distributed around the purple ones.
This type of hydrangea is indeed a marvellous one since it features ball-shaped buds which is not typical of its other family members.
Even the name itself is indicative of the feature where the flowers are encompassed by an involucre.
Again, well-draining and even moist organic soil is the best choice for your Involucrata. Moreover, I strongly recommend that you water it regularly during the summer if you want to keep it at its best.
In this way, once it starts flowering, which is July to October, you will have a healthy and nicely trimmed bush in your place.
6. Hydrangea Arborescens/Smooth Hydrangea
This beauty comes straight from the Eastern United States and it’s rather magnificent with its creamy and clustered white flowers.
Seeing these in my garden and living room always makes my day.
They can grow 90 – 180 cm tall and are approximately as wide. So, for smaller spaces, hedging is always a good idea.
It thrives when exposed to full sun or partial shade and with regular watering. You can plant it in any type of soil as long as it’s either acid or neutral and well-draining.
The leaves are oval, toothed, and dark green that makes the perfect contrast with the whiteness of flowers.
It blooms throughout the summer and in combination with your other hydrangea it will make a perfect decoration
With this, I finish my presentation of the stunning hydrangea types that you can grow indoors with minimum effort.
Give them a try and share your photos and/or experiences in the comments.
Sara Taylor writes over at https://indoorgardenook.com/
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