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Garden Blog PARC'S | August 3, 2022

Plant of the month August: snowball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Hydrangea arborescens delights with its lush, white flowers in any garden and attracts all eyes.

Plant profile

Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens
German Name: Schneeball-Hortensie
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Flowering Time: June to September
Flowers: White, Green
Foliage: Green
Growth habit: Small shrub, up to 150cm tall
Origin: North America

Details of Hydrangea arborescens

Snowball hydrangea is an impressive perennial, which is characterized by its magnificent spherical inflorescences. These can reach a remarkable size of up to 30 cm and shine in a pure white. Hydrangea arborescens impresses with its strong stems and leathery leaves that contrast with the flowers.

From June to September, the flowering period of the snowball hydrangea. During these months, the garden shines in a sea of elegant white flower balls. Hydrangea arborescens also magically attracts butterflies and bees, which makes it not only a feast for the eyes, but also helps to promote the local insect population.

A semi-shady to sunny location is preferred by Hydrangea arborescens. At the same time, the soil should be rich in humus and permeable. It is important that the soil is kept sufficiently moist, but not waterlogged. Regular pruning in spring promotes a compact form and supports the formation of strong inflorescences. For healthy growth the following year, additional pruning can take place in the fall. This removes withering shoots.

Use snowball hydrangea in the design

Whether for the garden or for the terrace - Hydrangea arborescens is suitable for design in any case. It blends harmoniously into any environment. Placed as a specimen plant in a highly visible area, it makes an impressive statement. Its lush flower balls immediately draw the eye and create a striking focal point.

Planting several snowball hydrangeas will create an impressive mass of flowers that will turn your garden into a sea of white. Group planting can be placed along garden arches, on the edge of terraces or near seating areas. Thus, an inviting atmosphere is created.

Undoubtedly, the easy-care snowball hydrangea should not be missing in any garden. The delicate balls of flowers give the garden a romantic atmosphere and attract people and insects alike with their charm. Their presence will certainly bring joy all year round and turn your green paradise into an oasis of beauty.

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