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Hydrangea is one of the most common shade-loving garden shrubs that bloom in the second half of summer. Hydrangea tree-like 1.5 m high with large caps of white and pink flowers (the variety was bred recently) does not require shelter for the winter. In early spring, cardinal pruning is necessary. One or two buds are left on the branches. The plant lays flower buds on new shoulder straps in spring, as it blooms in mid-summer.

Hydrangea paniculata also does not require shelter for the winter. Height from 1m to 2.5m. It blooms in white and pink conical inflorescences. There are three varieties of panicle hydrangea on sale. She needs formative pruning: every spring, the branches are partially shortened in length, then the flowers will be larger.

There is a petiole hydrangea. This is a liana - it itself clings to the support and over time it grows and blooms in June with white umbrella-shaped inflorescences. Hibernates without shelter.

But the large-leaved hydrangea must be covered for the winter. Because, it lays flowering buds in the summer of one year, and blooms the next summer. Withstands frosts down to minus 30 degrees. But in February, when the sun appears more often and the snow begins to melt little by little, and at night frost again, the flowering buds freeze. The plant will not freeze, but it will not bloom. In late autumn, you need to tilt the bush to the ground, put, for example, a wooden box on top, and a film on it and press the film along the edges with something heavy so that the wind does not rip off in winter. If you just wrap the plant with foil, the flower buds can rot. Air circulation is required inside the shelter. The shelter is removed when the spring frost ends.

Large-leaved hydrangea blooms from July to September in globular and umbellate inflorescences of white or pink color. Depending on the acidity of the soil, pink hydrangea can change color from blue to purple. To do this, alum is added to the soil to increase acidity. White hydrangea does not change color!

The variety with umbellate inflorescences is more graceful than with globular ones. The inflorescence of the umbrella hydrangea is flatter, and the small flowers in the middle are surrounded by large flowers. All hydrangeas require attention. The word hydrangea itself means "a vessel of water". Therefore, good watering is essential, especially during drought.

The best place for planting partial shade. In the sun in the hot midday time, it is necessary to shade the plant. The soil should be fertile and well-drained. Mandatory fertilizing with fertilizers. And do not forget a shelter for the winter for a large-leaved hydrangea. If you follow all these requirements, then every summer you can admire these beautiful plants.

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