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How to find the best hydrangeas with pink flowers

Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison

Hydrangea flowers come in many colors including pink, blue, purple and white. If you know you want pink flowers, follow the suggestions below for adding the shade of pink you desire in your garden.

First you need to decide the intensity of color you want. Pink hydrangea flowers can range from pale pink to a very deep pink. Choose the location for your hydrangea in your garden before you decide, because you want the color to work well with the other flowers in that area. Know that a location with morning sun and afternoon shade is best. Hydrangeas can grow successfully with other sunlight conditions, but morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal and will bring out the best color.

Individual varieties of hydrangeas are known for the intensity of color they produce. A pale pink hydrangea cannot be turned into a deep pink no matter what you add to the soil. If you know you want a deep pink flower you need to find the variety known for producing deep pink flowers. The list below breaks down the varieties into three categories: pale pink flowers, medium pink flowers and deep pink flowers.
Pale pink flowers: 'Amethyst', 'Blushing Pink', 'Bouquet Rose', 'Domotoi', 'Frillebet', 'La Marne', 'Mousseline', 'Hobella'.
Medium pink flowers: 'All Summer Beauty', 'Big Daddy', 'Brestenburg', 'Dooley', 'Forever Pink', 'King George'.
Deep pink flowers: 'Alpengluhen', 'Europa', 'Haworth Booth', 'Kasteln', 'Masja', 'Merritt's Surpreme', 'Kardinal'.

Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison
Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison
Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison

Purchase the variety you've selected at a local garden center or, of you can't find the one you want there, through a mail order catalog. You can find places to order the variety you want by putting the variety name in a computer search engine.

Hydrangeas can change color based on the soil composition. If you see your pink hydrangea turning blue it means your soil is acidic. You will need to add lime to retain the pink color.

 If most of the hydrangeas grown in your area produce blue flowers, you probably have an acidic soil and will have to amend your soil to produce the pink flowers you desire.
 If most of the hydrangeas grown in your area produce pink flowers, you probably have an alkaline soil and pink flowers will occur naturally.

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