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Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'La France'

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

1.2m

1m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hydrangea 'La France' (H) Overview

Hydrangea 'La France' (H) is part of the Horticultural group Hortensia that are also known as Mopheads for their rounded heads of flowers When grown in acidic (ericaceous) soil the flowers develop a blue colour, it is the lack of aluminium in alkaline soils that turn the flowers pink. Adding Aluminum sulfate (in small quantities throughout the year) to the soil will help maintain the blue colour, alternatively adding garden lime (yearly) will help turn your flowers pink. To get the best out of your shrub, protect them from scorching winds and spring frosts that can damage new growth. Adding organic matter to the planting hole and as a mulch around the base will help keep the soil moist and improve the drainage - they like being moist but not soaking wet feet.

Common problems with Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

How to harvest Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required.

How to propagate Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

Cuttings

You can propagate by softwood cuttings in the summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.

Seed

Special features of Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

Hedge plant

Make effective lower hedge screen.

Pot plant

Grow easily in a pot watered thoroughly once a week during growth phase.

Attractive flowers

Creamy-white flowerheads that turn pink with age. These beautiful and plentiful blooms appear in mid to late summer.

Other uses of Hydrangea 'La France' (H)

Specimen, ornamental, containers. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions. Hydrangea leaves produce hydrangeic acid which is used medicinally.

Medicinal

It has antimicrobical and antiallergic properties.

Edible

The fermented leaves can be made into a drink.

Fire Break

The leaves hold water, making it difficult to catch fire. Plant them along hedges or buildings to serve as fire break.