Hydrangea Gift series

These deliciously lovely hydrangeas are so striking, they make brilliant, living, flower arrangements… to have at home, or give as a present. Being lacecap hydrangeas, each flower-head is a combo of open florets wrapped around unopened buds at the centre. Which is why they are so aptly named Strawberries & Cream® and Blueberries & Cream™.

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Gift hydrangeas have lovely deep green foliage. They flower generously in early spring: Blueberries & Cream has true, clear blue flowers with pale blue to white buds at the centre; the open flowers of Strawberries & Cream are rich strawberry red with white flushed with pink buds at the centre.

PLANTING TIPS PLANTING TIPS

In the home treat Gift Hydrangeas like a house plant, watering it every second day. Then when the flower show is finally over, you can move them outdoors where they can adjust to the real world. Keep them in the same pot, plant them into another or pop them into the garden. They like a partially shaded position.

WAYS TO USE THEM WAYS TO USE THEM

Line them up on your kitchen window ledge. Use them as floral decorations to dress up a High Tea table filled with cakes and sandwiches. Give them instead of a bunch of flowers and they’ll last for weeks. Tuck them into a container together with a mix of other plants to create gorgeous spring displays.

SHAPE & SIZE SHAPE & SIZE

These hydrangeas are nothing like the leggy, sticky hydrangeas our grandmothers had in their gardens. Instead they’ll keep their dense compact growth habit, and once established, Gift hydrangeas will grow to just under a metre high and wide.

FOOD & WATER FOOD & WATER

It’s good to remember that hydrangeas need regular watering, but once established, a little does go a long way. As for food, it’s all about feeding these plants via the soil. An alkaline (pH 7.0) crumbly textured, free-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter will make your plants very happy.

PESTS & DISEASE PESTS & DISEASE

These plants may be lovely but they aren’t delicate. They’re rarely affected by pests or diseases. Keep in mind that like many plants, they don’t thrive in waterlogged soils.

Strawberries & Cream

Blueberries & Cream

Landscaper tips

• Gift hydrangeas are useful where a month or more of high quality colour show is needed in a semi enclosed space, for example shopping precincts and building foyers
• Mass them in planters at entrances or in window boxes to create a long lasting spring-time splash of colour
• They’re also a great accent plant in large containers filled with mixed ‘florist style’ plantings

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