Not all hydrangeas produce pink or blue flowers. Hydrangeas with white flowers, such as Hydrangea Annabelle, can only produce white flowers. Sometimes their blooms take on a pink tinge at the end of the season, but that’s about as colourful as they get and white Hydrangeas in all their simplicity, are simply stunning! If you’d like to have some in your garden, here’s what you need to know!
White Hydrangeas make a real statement in the garden as they add height and show stopping big, blousy blooms which last through to Autumn. Like their colourful counterparts, they come in mophead and lacecap forms but it is the panicle varieties with their cone-shaped heads which can grow up to 3 metres in height, which are the real stunners.
White Hydrangeas are easy to grow in the garden and are very low maintenance plants. The best time for planting is in Autumn or early Spring and a semi-shaded spot with afternoon sun is ideal.
White Hydrangeas do not need to be planted in any special kind of soil, they remain white regardless of soil pH. They are a deciduous, hardy perennial, which means they will lose their leaves and die back at the end of Autumn and green up again from late Spring without needing any special kind of Winter protection.
Limelight is a fabulous variety of Hydrangea which is fascinating to have in the garden. The flowers bloom initially in a lime green colour and turn white as they mature. They look fabulous as cut flowers in a vase for the house.
Hydrangea Phantom and Silver Dollar are also varieties to consider as their cone-shaped white flowers gradually turn pinker as they mature and they are a real joy to have in a border. There is also a variety called Vanilla Fraise which starts off as white bloom and matures to a pink and then deepens to a red shade by Autumn.
White Paniculata Hydrangeas are such a popular choice for modern gardens but they are such a beautiful and low maintenance plant that every garden should find a space to enjoy them.