Hydrangea “Apple Blossom”

mid-green leaves and an abundance of pink full-rounded flower heads

Hydrangea macrophylla
aka big leaf hydrangea
  • deciduous shrub
  • large mid-green leaves
  • pale pink mophead flowers
  • flowers summer to autumn

H 2m
W 2.5m

sun to part shade

moist well-drained

Notes: This hydrangea is a personal favourite with some fond memories. I purchased it as a small flowering cutting from an honesty box plant sale on a walk in Suffolk. It was labelled ‘apple blossom’ but I can find no reference to such a variety -still I keep the name because it suits. When I left London I took a cutting from the original plant – it is a fast grower and will soon need yet another bigger pot! Will keep as part of the cottage garden collection since it has no known lineage

Pruning Advice: To promote fresh, new, vigorous growth on established plants, cut back hard in early spring. Prune out from one-third to one-quarter of last year’s growth to the base each year to encourage the plant to produce new shoots.