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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ripple’

Lace cap hydrangea

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1.5m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourYoung inflorescences are tinged green, with red edges, mature ones are pale pink, with darker pink edges.
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ripple’ (Lace cap hydrangea). This is a deciduous shrub that will produce rounded blue or purple flower heads in acidic soil. The flowers will turn pink or red in alkaline or neutral soil. The leaves are large and toothed they can be susceptible to powdery mildew. They will prefer sun to semi-shade and fertile, moist but well drained soil. You must protect from the cold and frost. The flowering heads may be cut and dried for dried floral arrangements or wreath-making.

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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