Hydrangeas are excellent for a range of garden sites from group plantings to shrub borders to containers. Varieties abound, and gardener expectations of bloom size and color are boundless.
Meaning of Hydrangea
Japanese legend says hydrangeas are associated with an apology.
Victorians considered hydrangeas a negative plant.
They were also given to people who turned down love interests as signs that they were cold or frigid.
Meaning of Hydrangea By Color
- Pink; heartfelt emotion.
- Blue; frigidity and apology.
- White; boasting or bragging.
- Purple; a desire to deeply understand someone.
Symbolism of Hydrangea
The name ‘hydrangea’ comes from Greek and it means "water vessel". This name was given due to the shape of the flower’s seed capsules. Meanwhile, the Japanese call hydrangeas ‘Ajisai’ which means "the water drinker".
In Japan, the flower is associated with heartfelt emotion, understanding and apology. The Japanese emperor apparently made a lasting impression not only on his girlfriend’s family but also the rest of his empire. The hydrangea can further symbolize unity and togetherness.
Grow and Care
- Planting; hydrangeas generally are prefer partial sun. They like full sun in the morning but in the afternoon sun light is hot for them. This condition is significantly for the big-leaf hydrangeas. Some types of this plant are more tolerant to sun. In conclusion, placement of hydrangeas are important for sun light.
- Watering; water ratio for per week is 2.5 cm in the growing season. For the roots to grow watering should be deeply and thrice a week. Big-leaf hydrangeas should water more. All varieties of this plant loves moist; keep it moisturized, especially on sunny days. Well drainage is required for any type of hydrangeas.
- Fertilization; Usually in all types of hydrangeas can tolerate a wide range of soil types but they grow best in fertile, consisting of humus rich soil.
- Pruning; For common hydrangeas: Flower buds actually form in the late summer and flower afterwards the following season, so avoid pruning after August. Only cut away dead wood in the fall or very early spring. If the plant is old, neglected, or damaged, prune all the stems down to the base. You’ll lose the flowers for the upcoming season, but also rejuvenate the plant for future years.