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This is a medium-sized genus with about 80 species but there are also many garden cultivars. They consist of both deciduous and evergreen shrubs, although it is the former that are mainly grown in gardens. There are also a few climbers of which H. anomala subsp. petiolaris is the one most commonly seen in gardens. The size of the shrubs varies from small ones suitable for small gardens to large ones that can only be grown where there is more space. They are mainly grown for their decorative flower heads, which frequently consist of two types of flowers. Tiny ones, usually in the centre which are the fertile flowers and larger open-petalled ones which are sterile and are usually to be seen either around the outside of the head or making up the whole head. Those with infertile flowers are very useful as dried flowers. The colours vary from white and cream through to pink and blue. The colour varies according to the acidity of the soil: acid soils producing blue flowers and alkaline ones pink flowers. Treating the soil can artificially influence the colour. Hydrangeas need a moist fertile soil to show at their best. Increase from cuttings.


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