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At the back of the house, around the corner from the meadow and the hay bales is a tiny garden path with round stepping stones that leads to the side yard.
It kind of gets forgotten.
The flower bed is overgrown and a little neglected and left behind the rest of the yard.
This weekend we pulled weeds and removed old plants and pruned existing shrubs and filled the flower beds with mulch and added a little bit of happiness with….
These are my favorite hydrangeas EVER.
In the history of ever.
I can’t even with how beautiful they are and how they transformed the sad, neglected flower bed into something worthy of a tea party.
Looking for beautiful hydrangeas for your flower bed? Here are 5 simple tips for planting hydrangeas.
Tip 1: Location, location, umm…location
Here is the flower bed before.
See how overgrown the shrubs were? We removed a couple of the plants to make way for the hydrangea.
The key to any hydrangea planting is to choose the right location. This can make all the difference in your blooms. This location gets full morning sun and then dappled sunlight later on in the day. The amount of sunlight also depends on how far south or north you are, too. When we lived in Texas and I grew hydrangea, even the morning sun was too much for them. We planted them in a location that had dappled sunlight throughout the day and the hydrangeas loved it. The farther north you live (Zones 4-5a) the more sunlight the hydrangea can tolerate.
2. Amend the soil
This is what hydrangeas long for. Beautiful, sweet, incredible amended dirt. The easiest way to know how to amend your dirt is to talk to your local nursery.
You want to make sure you have at least 5% organic matter in the soil. The organic matter helps break up the soil and creates air pockets in the dirt that help with water drainage.
Here’s the first hole we dug. We made it extra deep to make sure we had good, amended soil to plant the hydrangea in. You can also add a little fertilizer into the hole to help stimulate root growth.
3. Check the roots
Remove the hydrangea plant from the plastic bucket you brought it home from the garden center or nursery in. Inspect the roots. If they are tightly packed, slightly loosen them with your finger to give them breathing room. This will also help them to grow when placed into the hole.
4. Plant your hydrangea at the right height
After you’ve dug the hole and amended the soil and loosened the roots, place the hydrangea into the hole and fill it back with dirt. You want the crown of the plant (where the stem meets the soil) to be even with the ground. If you put too much of the hydrangea into the soil, it can cause the plant to rot and not to bloom.
After you’ve lightly packed the dirt around the base of the plant, create a tiny dam around the perimeter of the plant and fill with water. This extra step really helps to make sure the newly-planted hydrangea has all the water it needs.
5. Just the right amount of water
You want to make sure you add just the right amount of water to the hydrangea plant.
Over watering the plant can stunt blooms.
Our key to success? A soaker hose. We get a lot of rain in KY, so we don’t need to water that much, but when the temperatures get hotter causing the ground to dry up. We just turn on the soaker hose and it drips water without over watering. Mulch is your friend, too. Adding mulch to the flower beds helps keep the ground cooler and protects the soil from the sun.
Here’s the same bed after.
We planted 4 three-gallon buckets of Endless Summer ® Bloom Struck ® Hydrangeas and lined them up in the flower bed amidst roses and boxwood and magnolia.
The best thing about Endless Summer Hydrangeas ®? They keep blooming and blooming and blooming all summer long.
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From now until fall the garden will look just like this.
Branch after branch after branch of beautiful blooms.
Aren’t they beautiful?
And the best part? If you follow the tips and the planting suggestions and add in water and sunshine….
….your blooms will come back year after year.
And that sad, neglected garden path?
Now it looks like this.
Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
I think this tomorrow will be extra sweet. 🙂
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