Heavenly hydrangeas in Lanhydrock's garden

Hydrangeas growing along the church path at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Lanhydrock's garden is full of colour all year round and summer sees the hydrangeas take centre stage. There are 45 different varieties grown here, with different flower heads and colours.

Blue bloom

The hydrangeas we grow here do range in colour, but are most commonly blue and purple due to the acidic soil conditions. Not all hydrangeas' colour is determined by the acidity of the soil, but it is most often seen in the lacecap and mophead varieties. You'll notice that the white flowering varieties will remain white, with sometimes a tinge of pink or blue at the end of the season.

A busy bee drinking nectar
A bee on a hydrangea bloom at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

The right growing conditions

Hydrangeas like moist, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter added to the soil before planting. They also like a mulch applied around them, like leaf mould or garden compost.

How we care for our hydrangeas

We prune and dead-head in the early spring. All the old wood is removed from the lacecap and mophead varieties leaving the young growth that was produced the previous year. This keeps the plant invigorated which means the blooms are larger.

Giving the hydrangea bushes a trim
The gardening team pruning the hydrangeas at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

The paniculata variety, which flowers on the current year’s growth, is also pruned in early spring and we tend to hard prune sometimes to 30-50cm from the ground to encourage vigorous growth.

A summer-long show

Keep hydrangeas well pruned, fed, mulched and moist and they will reward you with flower throughout the summer and well into the autumn.

Do you recognise this view?
Looking towards the house at Lanhydrock, Cornwall