Complete Hydrangeas

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"Hydrangeas have so many winning attributes, it's hard to imagine an easier group of plants to grow, or any other flowering shrubs capable of providing vibrant color for so long a season"
-from the Introduction

The large number of hydrangea cultivars developed in recent years has done much to increase their popularity across North America. Gardeners in colder regions, who could not grow these brilliant bloomers, now have many choices ...

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Overview

"Hydrangeas have so many winning attributes, it's hard to imagine an easier group of plants to grow, or any other flowering shrubs capable of providing vibrant color for so long a season"
-from the Introduction

The large number of hydrangea cultivars developed in recent years has done much to increase their popularity across North America. Gardeners in colder regions, who could not grow these brilliant bloomers, now have many choices available. Today there are new super-hardy, dwarf and compact varieties; new colors; and new forms of these satisfying plants.

Glyn Church celebrates these developments in this comprehensive guide. Illustrated with lush color photographs on every page, Complete Hydrangeas features:

  • More than 230 recommended clones, cultivars and related plants
  • The latest developments in hybridization
  • Planting, pruning, pests and propagation
  • Choosing the best plant for the location
  • Special advice on growing red, pink and blue blooms
  • Using hydrangeas in garden design
  • Companion plantings
  • Growing in containers
  • Caring for cut blooms, and enjoying hydrangeas in the home.

The author's advice, guidance and enthusiasm will have readers enjoying these show-stopping blooms in their own gardens.

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Editorial Reviews

Sudbury Star - Ian Munk
This book is well-written, a real pleasure to read and chock-full of information.
Grand Magazine (Waterloo)
An outstanding, practical book for gardeners.
The Times-Colonist (Victoria) - Helen Chesnut
I became caught up in the celebratory nature of the [book's] text and photos. Throughout, author Glyn Church emphasizes the many charms and virtues of the hydrangea — its easy-growing nature, the long-lasting colour of its big, dramatic bloom clusters, its many landscape uses in container and open gardens.
Inc. www.gardenclub.org National Garden Clubs
Church sings [hydrangeas'] praises in this very complete guide to the genus.... gorgeous full color photographs.... informative.
Seattle-Post Intelligencer - Marianne Binetti
[Church's] love affair with hydrangeas makes reading this book a joy no matter where you garden.
Newsday - Jessica Damiano
A comprehensive guide that makes easy work of selecting the right hydrangeas for your garden.
Edmonton Sun - Brenda Ruzycki
Will charm every hydrangea lover ... easy to read ... vibrant and fascinating.... The listing of species and cultivars is overwhelming.
Arlington Heights Daily Herald (IL) - Deborah Donovan
Anyone who ends up growing some of these stunning beauties will be eternally grateful for this book.
Small Gardens
Comprehensive ... shows hydrangeas can be everything from formal shrubs in a courtyard to visually stunning in a border.
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - Julienne L. Wood
Church's enthusiasm, expertise, and straightforward writing make this beautiful book filled with color photographs a fine acquisition for gardening sections in public and academic libraries.
Beach Metro Community News - Mary Fran McQuade
I treasure Complete Hydrangeas because of my own love for these blowsy beauties.... The 180 [colour] photos of lush flowering growth will make Canadians groan with envy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554072637
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 337,972
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glyn Church studied at Pershore College of Horticulture and the famous Chelsea Physic Garden in London. He now operates Woodleigh Nursery in New Zealand, where he grows an extensive range of hydrangeas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Where Do Hydrangeas Come From?
  2. The Charm of Hydrangeas
  3. Cultivation
  4. Pruning, Pests and Propagation
  5. Landscaping with Hydrangeas
  6. Hydrangeas In and Around the House
  7. Species and Cultivars
  8. Rare and Climbing Hydrangeas

Appendix I: Hardy Varieties of H. marophylla and H. serrata
Appendix II: Remontant Hydrangeas — Ideal for Cold Regions
Appendix III: Suppliers
Bibliography Index

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Preface

Introduction

Hydrangeas are back in fashion after a few decades of being ignored. I find it hard to fathom why their popularity ever waned when they have so many wonderful qualities. Hydrangeas can be everything from formal shrubs in a courtyard to the visual highlight of a woodland garden. If you only have a paved area, or perhaps no garden at all, you can still enjoy hydrangeas in containers, maybe as window box subjects in an apartment, as a flowering potted plant on your dining table, or in vases around your living areas. No other plant is so diverse, so resilient or gives such pleasure for so long.

Over the years hydrangeas have won me over completely. From initially thinking of these plants as simply a fill-in shrub for summer color, I now see hidden depths and qualities in every one. This has driven me to some lengths to acquire new hydrangeas; everything from importing new varieties to extend the range available, to trekking through remote regions and abandoned homesteads looking for old faithfuls that have survived the centuries. The old house may fall down and disintegrate, but next to its foundations the ever-resilient hydrangea lives on. In this quest I've been extremely fortunate to have had the help of Corinne and Robert Mallet in France, Mat and Mary Kay Condon in the United States and Maurice Foster in England. All these enthusiasts have introduced me to new plants and sent me material. In New Zealand I was indebted to the late Os Blumhardt, who kept an old labeled collection of hydrangeas long after most people would have dug them out as "unfashionable." With Os's help I've been able to restore some long-lost varieties to Europe and the United States. I've also trekked around the world searching for wild hydrangeas in Korea, China, and the Himalayas. In Bhutan we found hydrangea plants as big as old pear trees. Not only were they large enough to climb, but on one occasion I
observed langur monkeys among their branches, teasing a yapping dog below.

Someone in the United States (Martha Stewart, I think) decided in the year 1999 to call the hydrangea "the plant of the next millennium." I would be delighted to think these shrubs could be popular for the next thousand years, and with the never-ending range of colors and new cultivars available, there's no reason that this can't be prophetic.

The macrophylla type of hydrangea has a new-found popularity, primarily for two reasons. Firstly, the shrubs are now appreciated as exceptional providers of long-lasting cut flowers to decorate homes throughout the year. Secondly, for garden use, growers have discovered what are called "remontant" varieties capable of sending up new flower stalks all summer. In cold regions flowering canes may die in winter, or the early flowers are frosted and killed in spring, resulting in no flowers during the months following. Now, with the remontant types sending up new flower stems from below the frosted buds, even people in cold regions can enjoy hydrangeas in their garden. People like Michael Dirr, professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia in Atlanta, have set up extensive breeding programs to find hardier cultivars and ones resistant to common diseases. There has also been a huge increase in the number and popularity of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia as these are more reliably hardy and will therefore grow in more regions of the country. This has encouraged nurserymen to look for new clones of these species and has given us some splendid new varieties to grace our gardens — doubles, pinks and bicolored forms, all adding to the hydrangea's appeal.

In Japan, the home of many hydrangeas, the shrubs were long seen as inconstant because they can change color depending on the soil type in which they grow. Despite this limitation, their popularity continues with the Japanese, who are now introducing a host of delicious double-flowered lacecaps in both the macrophylla and serrata series. It seems that all over the world these classic garden shrubs are enjoying a renaissance.

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Introduction

Introduction

Hydrangeas are back in fashion after a few decades of being ignored. I find it hard to fathom why their popularity ever waned when they have so many wonderful qualities. Hydrangeas can be everything from formal shrubs in a courtyard to the visual highlight of a woodland garden. If you only have a paved area, or perhaps no garden at all, you can still enjoy hydrangeas in containers, maybe as window box subjects in an apartment, as a flowering potted plant on your dining table, or in vases around your living areas. No other plant is so diverse, so resilient or gives such pleasure for so long.

Over the years hydrangeas have won me over completely. From initially thinking of these plants as simply a fill-in shrub for summer color, I now see hidden depths and qualities in every one. This has driven me to some lengths to acquire new hydrangeas; everything from importing new varieties to extend the range available, to trekking through remote regions and abandoned homesteads looking for old faithfuls that have survived the centuries. The old house may fall down and disintegrate, but next to its foundations the ever-resilient hydrangea lives on. In this quest I've been extremely fortunate to have had the help of Corinne and Robert Mallet in France, Mat and Mary Kay Condon in the United States and Maurice Foster in England. All these enthusiasts have introduced me to new plants and sent me material. In New Zealand I was indebted to the late Os Blumhardt, who kept an old labeled collection of hydrangeas long after most people would have dug them out as "unfashionable." With Os's help I've been able to restore some long-lost varieties to Europe and theUnited States. I've also trekked around the world searching for wild hydrangeas in Korea, China, and the Himalayas. In Bhutan we found hydrangea plants as big as old pear trees. Not only were they large enough to climb, but on one occasion I observed langur monkeys among their branches, teasing a yapping dog below.

Someone in the United States (Martha Stewart, I think) decided in the year 1999 to call the hydrangea "the plant of the next millennium." I would be delighted to think these shrubs could be popular for the next thousand years, and with the never-ending range of colors and new cultivars available, there's no reason that this can't be prophetic.

The macrophylla type of hydrangea has a new-found popularity, primarily for two reasons. Firstly, the shrubs are now appreciated as exceptional providers of long-lasting cut flowers to decorate homes throughout the year. Secondly, for garden use, growers have discovered what are called "remontant" varieties capable of sending up new flower stalks all summer. In cold regions flowering canes may die in winter, or the early flowers are frosted and killed in spring, resulting in no flowers during the months following. Now, with the remontant types sending up new flower stems from below the frosted buds, even people in cold regions can enjoy hydrangeas in their garden. People like Michael Dirr, professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia in Atlanta, have set up extensive breeding programs to find hardier cultivars and ones resistant to common diseases. There has also been a huge increase in the number and popularity of H. paniculata and H. quercifolia as these are more reliably hardy and will therefore grow in more regions of the country. This has encouraged nurserymen to look for new clones of these species and has given us some splendid new varieties to grace our gardens -- doubles, pinks and bicolored forms, all adding to the hydrangea's appeal.

In Japan, the home of many hydrangeas, the shrubs were long seen as inconstant because they can change color depending on the soil type in which they grow. Despite this limitation, their popularity continues with the Japanese, who are now introducing a host of delicious double-flowered lacecaps in both the macrophylla and serrata series. It seems that all over the world these classic garden shrubs are enjoying a renaissance.

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