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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Altona’

Lace cap hydrangea

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to August
  • Height0.8m to 1m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourBright pink
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Altona’ (Lace cap hydrangea). This variety has large flowerheads of deep pink to purple or blue flowers.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, containers. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will prefer sun or semi-shade with fertile, moist but well-drained soil. They will require more shade in dry areas; provide shelter from cold, drying winds. Some hydrangeas become chloritic in shallow chalk soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for powdery mildew, leaf spot, honey fungus and aphids, scale insects and red spider mites.

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