I have always had a love affair with hydrangeas! I love their big moppy heads that bounce in the breeze and the way cut hydrangeas grace a table in stunning style! This year we planted them in big rectangular planters on the patio. They create a charming divider between the wrap-around porch and the patio. Our hydrangeas add such a pretty softness to all the hardscaping. Today let’s take a look at planting hydrangeas in containers.
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Let’s plant some hydrangeas!!!!
I’ve had such amazing results planting Endless Summer hydrangeas in the containers in the front of my home for several seasons so I thought I’d plant these beautiful blooms on the back patio!
And this year I’m embracing their pretty-in-pink color.
Notice the red stems? Striking!
Many hydrangeas can go from pink to blue (except white ones) by amending the ph acidity balance of the soil. Acidic soil will yield blue flowers and alkaline will produce pink.
You can buy products at your local garden center that will change the colors for you without a lot of extra work.
We planted two hydrangeas in each planter. Which turned out to be quite a bargain for a summer’s worth of gorgeous full blooms! Instead of planting annuals in your urns, pots or planters think about hydrangeas!
They were planted in the long containers with a potting soil mix and topped off with a thick of covering medium bark mulch. Then we gave them a soaking drink of water. How easy is that? Just don’t forget to mulch them in!
Our patio is the perfect place to plant hydrangeas. These hydrangeas get light morning sun and a little late afternoon sun. The image below shows our hydrangeas in the late afternoon.
It’s important to know …
- how much morning and afternoon sun hydrangeas in pots and planters will get in a day
- the type of hydrangeas you are planting
You need to match the amount of daily sun to the hydrangea. Some varieties can take more sun than others. I chose Endless Summer hydrangeas because I know they will do well on our patio and will continue to bloom all summer long!
I like the way the hydrangeas create a little hedge!
Hydrangeas get thirsty, especially when they are planted in containers. So they need to be watered enough to keep the soil just moist. They thrive best in cool, moist, well-drained soil. If you overwater them too much the leaves closest to the ground may start to turn yellow and the plant will wilt.
If you underwater a hydrangea they will let you know during the hottest part of the day as their flower heads will wilt. Reviving them with a good drink will help.
When you do water your hydrangeas make sure to give them a slow and deep soaking so their roots will grow strong and deep into the soil. But make sure the soil in the container is not waterlogged. It’s better to water them a few times a week deeply than giving them a spritz daily.
Hydrangeas are such showy plants and if given a little care will gift you with a beautiful planter full of blooms!
Now my back patio is THE place to rock the summer away in style!
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