Peonies and hydrangeas are beloved garden flowers with graceful blooms that last throughout the season, perfect for creating an exquisite garden landscape. But cultivating these exquisite blooms presents its own set of challenges; special care must be taken to avoid diseases or pests impacting them negatively. In this article we share key tips that will enable you to grow healthy peonies and hydrangeas as the focal point of your garden landscape.
Peonies and hydrangeas create stunning garden displays, but they’re also perfect cut flowers. To get the most out of these long-lived beauties, cut when they’re soft to touch and just starting to open; this will extend vase life while giving you vibrant hues.
Peonies are popular bridal bouquet choices due to their long-lasting petals and unique floral fragrance, but their delicate nature means they can quickly wither if exposed to hot or windy conditions, which is why it is critical that they be stored in an inconspicuous area and out of direct sunlight.
Peonies prefer light, loamy soil that drains well and provides plenty of nutrients, as they’re sensitive to competition from other plants. Therefore, peonies must be planted at least three feet from other perennials or flowering shrubs; additionally, 6-8 inches should be dug into the ground at planting time and protected with thick layers of mulch in winter – this helps regulate soil temperature, keep out competing weeds, conserve moisture for roots and blooms as well as conserve heat loss through transpiration.
Hydrangeas can thrive in various soil types, but their preferred pH should fall between 5.5 and 6.5 for optimal results. They’re more susceptible to chlorosis in alkaline conditions which produces dull green flowers; to encourage blue blooming you could add aluminum sulfate when planting the site.
Planting hydrangeas in pots is an easy and exciting way to bring their vibrant hues indoors. While growing hydrangeas in containers is generally straightforward, selecting an appropriately-sized pot is key to its success: too large pots could prevent your hydrangea from reaching its full potential,” warns McEnaney. To keep excess water flowing freely through, be sure to include one with drainage holes at the bottom; fill your container with pre-mixed potting soil leaving one-inch space at the top; water your plant daily in order to keep soil moist!
Mulching is an essential component of caring for hydrangeas in containers, too. Shredded bark or pine needles will keep weeds at bay while conserving soil moisture hydrangeas need for optimal growth. While in-ground plantings require heavy applications of mulch over winter, for container gardens one application in early spring may suffice as protection.