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The Coolest Garden Colors: Hydrangea


One of my favorite plants is blooming! We grow the bigleaf species of hydrangea and one angel wing bush. I love these old-fashioned plants for the vibrant cool colors, but also because they are nearly maintenance free. The only care we provide is to fertilize them once or twice per year. We have not tried to change the colors by changing the pH of the soil. But it would be fun to try next year. I would love to see dark pink mixed with the blue and purple!

Author: Karen Chandler

Metal clay jewelry, nature photography, and digital scrapbooking are Karen's passions. She is mostly self-taught, enjoying the learning process as much as producing her works of art. Karen's jewelry features fine silver, copper, and bronze. She sculpts and refines metal clay, then kiln fires her pieces and polishes them to perfection. The process allows for exciting interpretations of symbols, shapes, textures, and combinations of metals. A long time user of Photoshop, Karen loves to create digital layouts with her photos. Her layouts and albums are a diary of sorts; documenting milestones, recording happy times, and celebrating her love of nature.

19 thoughts on “The Coolest Garden Colors: Hydrangea

  1. Beautiful, colorful, vibrant flower photos!

  2. Here they are! Pretty hydrangeas.
    Wait, it’s only by changing the pH in the soil that you can modify the colors? Now I have to ask my Ma to try growing these. 🙂

    • Hi Tita Buds! Yes, they showed up immediately after I spoke of them on your “Summer Thriving” post! The flowers change color a little as they bloom. But to make bright pink or red blossoms you can add dolomitic lime to raise the pH. One of our plants was sold as a red hydrangea. The soil changed it to blue, but I can try to regain the red color next year.

  3. These are amazing & that’s an understatement! BEAUTIFUL blog! Thanks ~Deborah

  4. You did it again Karen. Not only is the hydrangea a magnificent flower but you did an outstanding job of capturing its beauty through the lens. Have you tried “Endless Summer”? It quickly became a favorite of mine as it really does bloom the duration of the season and will tolerate more sun than most.

    • Thank you, Anonymous – I am guessing you are Joyce! I am lucky to have received many of your kind comments and I also know you are an expert gardener! Thanks for mentioning “Endless Summer”. I will check it out the next time I’m at a nursery.

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  6. Cool indeed! The shade of the blue ones is gorgeous.

  7. Wow excellent photos…I especially like number 2!!! The color is wonderful!!!

  8. Wow! You have some gorgeous hydrangeas. Really lovely images. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Candace! I have skipped all but the first award I received last year. They are fun, but I have a busier schedule now. Thank you for thinking of me!