Hydrangea Macrophylla Dark Angel - This beautiful exclusive Hortensia is a beautiful plant, with prominent veins and exquisite flowers. A relatively new addition to the Hydrangea Macrophylla family it is part of the Black Diamond series. It exhibits dark foliage throughout the year with exquisite bright red flowers. Black Diamonds grow slowly resulting in a natural balance between the growth of the plant and the number of flowers. Absolutely beautiful Hydrangea.
What to expect - Your plant will arrive with an actual plant size of 50-60cm. Planted in a 10litre/28cm pot. With 12-18 buds. If purchased mid to late April, plants will be showing some colour in the bud. Photo provided is of the plant in full bloom. Please remember these plants are deciduous so, depending on the time of year purchased, they may not arrive looking like the picture.
Planting position: Full sun through to partial shade
Soil: Moist but well drained, clay, sand, loam
Suitable for container planting: Yes ideal for both ground and container
Eventual height and spread: Up to 1.5 Metres with a 2 metre spread.
Growth Speed: Slow to medium Growth Habit: Bushy
Flowering Period: May to September
Pruning: Generally lace cap hydrangea are hardier than the mophead varieties and should be cut back to the second pair of leaves below the head, once the flowers have died back. It may also be beneficial to prune one or two of the oldest stems right to the base this will encourage new growth which will be more floriferous.
Foliage: Dark green to almost black with bright red flowers
These Hydrangea are very easy to grow. They tolerate most soils and are equally as happy in sun through to shade. Your plant will appreciate some fertiliser in early spring but do not over do it as this may effect the amount of flowers it produces. They will appreciate being cut back quite hard to approximately 12inches above the ground. This is best done in early spring and should be cut to the first pair of good buds. This plant has no special requirements during the winter months.
When should I prune back my Hydrangea:
We suggest waiting until Febrary/March when the frosts have gone. The dead flower heads will protect the plant over the winter months. When the frosts have finished cut it back by approximately a quarter and remove any weak or frost damaged shoots to the healthy wood.