Yesterday the Toronto gardeners and sisters Helen and Sarah Battersby, reminded me that hydrangeas like a lot of water. “Hydra” is right there in its name so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember. Fortunately, my ‘Mothlight’ hydrangea purchased a number of years ago from Nasami Farm (before it belonged to the New England Wildflower Society ) was planted where I do some watering. The bush itself got much bigger than I expected!
I bought ‘Mothlight’ because I like the airiness of the blossom. I am not sure that it qualifies as as a lacecap, but the flower does not have the density of the mopheads.
Last summer I bought the native oakleaf hydrangea (shown above) from Nasami Farm. It is still hardly more than a foot tall, but you can see it beginning to blossom. I later bought a ‘Limelight’ hydrangea from Shelburne Farm and Garden. Their purchase, and planting behind the peonies was part of my lawn eradication project. I expect both of these bushes to reach substantial size, not only tall, but more importantly for my purposes, they will have a wide spread. My plan is that ultimately the hydrangeas will nearly fill the space between the peonies and the road. Last summer was very rainy and even if I had been thinking about how thirsty hydrangeas are I wouldn’t have needed to water them. However they are planted in a spot that drains very well and is quite dry. This spring I added a ‘Pinky Winky’. Water is essential for good bloom I will water all three well today.