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Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs that produce a variety of colours and sizes for their flower heads. Gardner’s love the versatility available through the Evergreen and deciduous species and the plants grow so large that you can use them to make a hedge. The adult varieties are freestanding specimens that will very quickly assume the space you afford them.
You can find two different types of flowers depending on the variety you choose. You can choose inconspicuous flowers on the inside with a beautiful showy flower on the outside, but most of the hydrangeas used for making a hedge have the larger flowers on the outside because they grow in a long cone or panicle shape, or a round pom pom shape and give you not only the colour but the privacy you need.
Forming a hydrangea hedge
Many people use hydrangeas to create their hedges because there are over 70 species around the world. Your Hedges can be cultivated from different flowering hydrangeas and you can pick varieties that grow outward or varieties that grow upward depending on the level of privacy you want.
Varieties of hedging hydrangeas
There are different varieties from which to choose based on what you want.
- The big leaf hydrangeas or mophead hydrangeas are very popular for the large blooms to produce and for the colour. These are great if you want a kaleidoscope of flowers throughout the spring and summer to be part of your hedge. You can even leave the flower heads on over winter and remove in spring by deadheading
- If instead, you want a hedge that climbs up an over an existing structure, be climbing hydrangeas are better. Climbing hydrangeas are popular because they grow much faster than other varieties and they will quickly overtake an existing space.
- If you want something that is modest and blends in with an otherwise stylish Country Garden you can choose panicle varieties that produce white flowers, complimenting a small Cottage Garden, brick structure, or fence.
- Annabelle hydrangea is popular for forming hedges and produce white flowers similar to the bigleaf blue or purple hydrangeas of the Bodensee. These are also much tougher and tolerant of drought, so if you live in an area where you don’t want to water the hedges actively, this might be best.
Colourful hydrangea hedges
You can always make a hedge that is comprised of different plants so that it produces very colourful flowers. Mixing and matching various varieties and species like the big leaf varieties and give you a wider array of colour.
With the big leaf varieties, you will get large, circular blooms will you can also find the panicle shaped cone blooms if you prefer. Should you wish to change the colours you can grow them in containers along the perimeter where you want the heads to be and altered the soil pH levels so that some containers are highly alkaline and others are highly acidic giving you pink and blue flowers throughout the hedge.
Overall there are plenty of varieties that you can use to create the perfect hedge.