Landscape Pictures

Landscape Pictures
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Landscape Pictures

Looking to have some landscaping done? You’ve come to the right place! We design, install, & maintain softscapes and hardscapes – anything to make your dreams come true.

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If you are interested in a quote please call Mike at 905 476-8722 and leave a message, or email Mike at mike@georginagardencentre.com

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Hedge Trimming

Hedge Trimming
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Hedge Trimming

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There are many different varieties of hedge but the theory remains the same. Establish your shapes and contours early on in the hedges development and maintain these same designs through its lifetime.

The majority of hedges in our area (Georgina) are cedar. Other traditional hedge types include:

  • Cedar
  • Boxwood
  • Yew
  • Flowering
  • Large Evergreens

When setting up your hedge there are a few things to keep in mind. Its better to take too little off when cutting as you can’t put it back on and cutting too deeply and gouging into the wood will create undesirable brown spots. It is better to round out the top of your hedge then to make it perfectly flat as this will help it shed snow avoiding potential shearing and broken branches.

It is imperative that the bottom of the hedge is thicker in width than the top and tapers upwards, never the other way. While your hedge can be shaped in very artistic ways it is still a living thing and has requirements, especially in terms of sunlight. A well shaped hedge allows sunlight to hit the entirety of its surface as such tapering the hedge top down is very important.

The rule of thumb is to cut twice. Cut the hedge in a way that takes off the most vigorous growth then take a rake and gently bang out the cut pieces, going up and down the hedge across its entire length. These bits will brown up in time and make your hedge look unkept and disorderly. Following the first cut you will see a notable difference in how tight the hedge looks. To help picture what we mean by tightness consider it like given your hedge a haircut. Were looking for a neat buzz cut not a shaggy unkept look. With a careful second cut we can safely carve this down a little bit further making the hedge tighter again still. This second cut is the stage that gives the hedge its clean crisp and professional look.

Note: hedges should be trimmed at least once a year any time after July but before freeing temperatures. Leaving the hedges for a year will leave you with a less dense product when you are finished as the plants production goes to its leaders rather than its side. Talk to Georgina Garden Centre about best practices if you desire to change the shape of your hedge.

Use string lines when setting the initial shape of the hedge to ensure its lines are straight and linear.

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Fall Checklist

Fall Checklist
Posted on: September 7, 2017

Fall Checklist

Wrapping Evergreens

Yews and Alberta Spruce are the most susceptible to winter wind and sun burn. It is, therefore, advisable to keep these plants wrapped with burlap from top to bottom, beginning in the late fall. Never use plastic as a wrap – even in the winter months plants must be able to “breathe.” Evergreens should be well-watered before the severe ground frost of mid-December to guard against desiccation (drying-out) caused by cold winter winds.

Wrap burlap around cedars and evergreens that are exposed to wind. Again, a reminder, the last 2 winters have been quite the winters where plant damage was concerned.
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Two layers of burlap around all evergreens will help to prevent snow damage (from the weight of snow), salt spray (from the melted snow on a nearby road, especially on the east side of the road) and sun scald in late winter (when the sun reflects off a clean, white layer of snow onto evergreen foliage).
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Upright evergreens, such as Junipers and Cedars suffer the most damage from the weight of snow on their branches. This will not usually kill the plant, but can make it unsightly the following year. The best protection is to cover the juniper with netting. Apply in late fall and leave on the plant until the threat of snow has passed in early spring.
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Tender Trees & Shrubs

Rhododendrons & Azaleas

These plants are very susceptible to wind, sun and snow damage through the winter months, especially if they have been planted in an unprotected location. Be sure to cover the root area with up to eight inches of mulch. Then build a shelter around each plant with burlap and stakes to keep out the wind and the sun. Make sure the soil around the plants is moist going into the freeze, the more moisture available to them over the winter, the better.
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Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Eastern Redbuds & Peach Trees

Similar to Rhododendrons & Azaleas, these plants are very susceptible to wind, sun and snow damage through the winter months, especially if they have been planted in an unprotected location. Build a shelter around each plant with burlap and stakes to keep out the wind and the sun. Be sure to water really well going into the winter freeze – keep watering until the ground freezes.
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Wilt-Pruf

This is liquid magic on boxwood, yews, cedars, euonymus, rhododendrons and other evergreens that are exposed to wind and road-salt-spray.
Wilt-Pruf is an ‘anti-desiccant’ that provides an invisible layer of protection to all broad-leaved evergreens through winter. The humidity in our winter air drops to less than 10% some days, causing the moisture in the foliage of tender evergreens to evaporate. The result is browning in the extreme.
AND…your Christmas tree will benefit from an application of this stuff too, reducing needle drop and fire hazard.
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Covering Roses

Cut your roses back approximately1/3 by removing all frozen buds after the first heavy frost. Remove all leaves as much as possible and dust the lower branches with a general fungicide. Using a rose collar, build fresh garden soil 2′ high around each rose bush. Do not use manure, peat moss or other material high in organic matter (ie, compost, straw, leaves etc.).
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Climbing Roses

Climbing roses should be pruned only very slightly in the fall by removing the frozen buds and tips of the most tender growth. The branches of climbing roses should be tied together and wrapped in burlap. Again, never use plastic. Build up soil around the roots the same as for other roses.

Lawns

Feed your lawn. The most important application of the year occurs in the fall, but only when you apply it. Fall fertilizing helps to strengthen your lawn and the lawn’s roots, providing stamina to help it survive the long winter. If you haven’t done it, it is not too late. Fall is also a great time to overseed. Come spring your lawn will thank you by greening up quickly with much greater resistance to snow mould and brown-out.
The last mowing should be done very close to the ground and the clippings raked away. This will prevent fungal diseases from destroying grass roots over the winter.
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Watering

Water, Water, Water! It is very important to continue to water until the ground freezes. Plants need moisture in the ground to get them through the winter.  If we have a long winter like we have had for the past 2 years, plants rely on the moisture to keep their leaves from drying out too much (winter injury and burn will be much worse on dry plants).

Hedge Trimming

Now is the time to trim your hedges and evergreens. You want to finish trimming your evergreens before it freezes as it could cause injury to the foliage.
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Trees

If you don’t have plastic spiral collars on your trees, put them on now! These quick, simple, economical little guys will save your trees from rodent damage. Put them on all your trees – Japanese Maples, fruit trees, shade trees etc. You’ll be thankful in the spring that you did this!
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Leaves

Leaves are garden gold. Spread small leaves of trees, such as locust, birch, beech, serviceberry and silver maple (or shredded larger leaves), over all exposed soil. They will degrade into mineral nutrients and worms will turn them into fertilizer.
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Planting Bulbs

Squirrels “read” the disturbed soil and marks you leave when planting their favourite tulips and crocuses. Outwit them by concentrating spring bulb plantings in large groups and disguising your marks by flooding the soil surface with water. Then cover them with 5cm of leaves and blood meal.
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Overwintering Plants

If you would like to overwinter any tropicals indoors be sure to bring them in before it gets too cold (anything under 10 degrees Celsius). Be sure to spray them with an insecticide to kill any pests that are hiding, and trim the plant back. Keep in a bright room, keep it from drying out (you want the top inch of soil to be dry before you water it again) and fertilize once a month. Most plants will defoliate because you have moved them into a different climate but they will push out new leaves again.

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Dandelion Problems

Dandelion Problems
Posted on: May 9, 2017

Dandelion Problems

Corn Gluten- Natural Weed Inhibitor

Corn gluten is natural and non-toxic. It prevents seeds from germinating – it won’t get rid of existing weeds (those you’ll have to pull or spray), it can inhibit more seeds from germinating. While effective, its application timing also has to be precise – you apply corn gluten in early spring and late fall.

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Types of weeds best controlled:

  • Crabgrass
  • Dandelions
  • Curly Dock, Knotweed, Lambs Quarters, Pigweed and Plantain

How to apply:

Apply corn gluten to your lawn with a spreader – not by hand. Apply the corn gluten to a moist lawn but be sure that the corn gluten will stay dry for 48 hours after application.  Allow 6 weeks before/after overseeding your lawn with grass seed, as corn gluten will inhibit the germination of any grass seed you put down. Apply corn gluten in April – May depending on weather – before the Forsythia finishes blooming.

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Spring & Easter Goodies

Spring & Easter Goodies
Posted on: April 15, 2017

Spring & Easter Goodies

Spring is almost here – just hours away – and I can’t think of a better way of welcoming it than some spring & Easter goodies!
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We have so many figurines to add to your existing collection – or to start a new one.
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You can mix old with new – vintage tea cups and silver pieces with new glazed accents.
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And who can resist a cute cuddly bunny?!
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These mini figurines are perfect for a tablescape, fairy garden or mini garden:

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We have something for everyone – so stop by and take a peak!

We have lots of spring & Easter plants to pick from too …

Yes, it is safe to put pansies outside now – even with the minus temperatures – pansies prefer it on the cooler side
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These Hydrangeas are gorgeous! Huge blooms – up to 11 per plant – definitely a show stopper!
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Nothing says Easter more than an Easter Lily. When they are done blooming inside, you can plant them in the garden in a sunny spot when it warms up and they’ll come up year after year.
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The Star of Bethlehem is a great little plant to brighten up your home or great as a hostess gift – hurry in for these gems while supplies last.
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Happy Spring everyone!!

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Spring Clean Up Checklist

Spring Clean Up Checklist
Posted on: April 8, 2017

Spring Clean Up Checklist

Spring has come and it is time to get out there and get your yard ready for the coming season. A proper spring clean up will set up your lawn and garden for greater success throughout the growing season. There are a number of things you can do to get your lawn and garden ready.
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Opening your garden beds:

  1. Clean out all winter debris: driveway rocks pushed over with the snow, leaves that came down in the fall, etc
  2. Cut back the dead plant material left by your perennials
  3. Prune back the shrubs that need it
  4. Turn over and add new soil
  5. Clean up the edge of your garden with a freshly sharpened spade
  6. Add a fresh layer of natural mulch

Doing these few things will provide you a great deal more success with your garden in the months to come.

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Lawn:

  1. Aerate your lawn for better air, water and nutrient penetration and to break up heavily compacted ground. Aeration also helps to increase the lawns ability to retain water, reducing run off and erosion
  2. Fan rake the lawn to help the grass stand back up and to clean up excess thatch
  3. Topdress your lawn with new topsoil for greener more dense grass. Top-dressing also allows you to smooth out bumps or low spots in your lawn
  4. Overseed your lawn to thicken your grass, to fill bare spots and to choke out weeds
  5. Fertilize your lawn to green it up, stimulate new growth and to keep it healthy

A beautiful thick green lawn starts in the spring with the proper spring care and maintenance.

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Spring Landscape Planning

Spring Landscape Planning
Posted on: April 1, 2017

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Spring Landscape Planning

The weather is starting to warm so now is a perfect time to start planning your landscape projects. Try our official project planner to help simplify the process so you can start enjoying your fresh design sooner.

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When planning your plantings, it is important to note that the lack of leafs out in the early spring may mislead you when gauging the amount of sunlight you receive.

For Do-it-Yourself Projects try this quick 5 step checklist:

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  1. Determine hardscape: walkways, patios, steps and their sizes, shapes and locations
  2. Determine the material: pavers, gravel, mulch, etc.
  3. Determine garden bed size, shape and location
  4. Determine the plant material, make sure to check your spaces availability of light first
  5. Determine how you will finish off the area: garden edging, mulch, river rock, accessories etc…

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New Fairy Garden Accessories

New Fairy Garden Accessories
Posted on: February 21, 2017

Fairy Gardens

New fairy garden accessories are now in at Georgina Garden Centre!

Since it’s too early to start gardening outdoors, why not start indoors with a fairy garden – great for all ages!

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If you’re new to fairy gardens (or mini gardens) we have a lot of items to choose from

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If you’re a seasoned fairy gardener we have new things for you too!

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Drop by Georgina Garden Centre today and get lost in the magical world of fairies 🙂

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Valentines Bouquets

Valentines Bouquets
Posted on: February 3, 2017

Order your Valentine Bouquets NOW

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It is that time of year again … Valentine’s Day is Tuesday February 14 – this is your reminder so you don’t end up in the dog house!

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Pre-order your Valentine’s bouquet now (we only order what has been pre-ordered by our customers – so don’t miss out!). Phone Georgina Garden Centre @ 905 476-8722 to place your order. Bouquets will be ready to pick up starting Saturday February 11th!

Purple tulips bouquet

If flowers aren’t your thing, we also have gift cards!

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*** bouquets may vary from pictures ***

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Gift Fair Shopping Trip

Gift Fair Shopping Trip
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Our Gift Fair Shopping Trip 2017

Here are a few goodies that we found at the Toronto Gift Fair.
We have a lot of succulent and air plant accessories coming in soon.

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Here is something for all the cottagers – or if you are lucky enough to live on the lake.

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We also have A LOT of fairy garden accessories coming in – solar houses, fairies & gnomes, mini animals and more

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Canada’s 150th was huge at the Gift Fair – we saw many retailers proudly showing of flags and anything ‘Canada’ – lots of red and white!
We found this neat red metal maple leafs – we’re working on getting them made into bottle openers – I think these are going to be popular

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As stock arrives we’ll post pictures on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram (and here) – that way you won’t miss out!

Happy Groundhog Day! (6 more weeks of winter!)

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Happy New Year & Store Hours

Happy New Year & Store Hours
Posted on: January 4, 2017

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Happy New Year!

All of us at Georgina Garden Centre would like to thank all of you for supporting our local business – we really couldn’t do it without you!

We are now closed until Spring 2017. If you need something from the store you can catch us by chance here at the garden centre, or you can call 905 476-8722 to set up a time for us to meet you here.

We are busy setting up for spring and can’t wait to see you all when the weather is nice again 🙂

Stay tuned for some sneak-peaks of what we have in store for the upcoming season. You can also follow us on:
Facebook
Twitter
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How to Turn Hydrangeas Blue

How to Turn Hydrangeas Blue
Posted on: June 13, 2016

How to Turn Hydrangeas Blue

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To get that rich blue hydrangea colour in your garden that everyone loves is easier than you think.

If your hydrangeas are supposed to be blue but are pink, you’ll need to add Aluminum Sulphate to the soil.  Adding aluminum sulphate is necessary to change the pH of the soil to help make it more acidic. You can only change hydrangeas blue that are supposed to be blue (i.e. you can’t change white ones to blue) and this process only works on big-leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla).

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Changing the pH of the soil to the ideal pH 4.5 to 5.5 levels can take more than one season depending on your starting conditions. Start applying aluminum sulphate in the spring as soon as it starts to warm up, once a month until the blooms are open. You can also add pine needles, mulch and/or leaves to help add natural acidity to the soil as they break down.

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Click here to learn how and when to prune your hydrangeas to get the most blooms?

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My Hydrangea isn’t Flowering – HELP?!

My Hydrangea isn’t Flowering – HELP?!
Posted on: August 4, 2015

A question we get asked a lot is: “Why aren’t my hydrangeas blooming?” Kathy, the host of Georgina Blooms, also gets asked this question a lot – so she asked if we’d do a show with her to teach everyone how easy it is to get your hydrangeas to bloom!

There could be many reasons such as, not enough light, too much light, not enough fertilizer, too much fertilizer, not the right fertilizer, BUT quite often it comes down to PRUNING!! – an easy fix!

How and when to prune hydrangeas. Each cultivar is slightly different so, here it is, all in one spot, easy to follow!!

 

Hydrangea arborescens

These hydrangeas form their flowers buds in the late spring to early summer.

Prune in late fall, winter or early spring. They respond well to being cut back to about 10″-12″ above the ground.

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Cultivars:

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Hydrangea macrophylla

Big Leaf Hydrangeas typically do not require too much pruning. If you would like a tighter plant or keep it a shorter size, keep reading!

The flower buds form later in the summer for next year’s blooms. The best time to prune it is right after it blooms, from mid-July to mid-August – no later – this gives it time to set bud for next year before the winter hits. Selectively prune out any dead stems, or old non-flower producing stems.

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Cultivars:

  • Candlelight
  • City Line Mars
  • City Line Paris
  • City Line Rio
  • Bloomstruck
  • Blushing Bride
  • Endless Summer
  • Everlasting ‘Ocean’
  • Everlasting ‘Opal’
  • Everlasting ‘Harmony’
  • Everlasting ‘Garnet’
  • Everlasting ‘Revolution’
  • Forever and Ever
  • Forever Pink
  • Glowing Embers
  • Let’s Dance Rhapsody Blue
  • Let’s Dance Moonlight
  • Let’s Dance Big Easy
  • Let’s Dance Starlight
  • Let’s Dance Diva
  • Light O Day
  • Masja
  • Merritt’s Beauty
  • Nikko Blue
  • Next Generation Red Sensation
  • Next Generation Pistachio
  • Sweet ‘n Salsa
  • Tellers Blue
  • Tiny Tuff Stuff (actually a Hydrangea serrata, however, they have the same pruning techniques)
  • Tuff Stuff (actually a Hydrangea serrata, however, they have the same pruning techniques)

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Hydrangea paniculata

They bloom on new wood and are best pruned in early spring. They are very tolerant of hard pruning, in fact cutting the plant back from 1/2 to 1/3 of it’s size will result in larger flowers. They can also be pruned in the winter but why not enjoy the beauty of snow on the dried flower heads – birds love them too. Some selections, particularly Limelight, make an beautiful hedge.

Cultivars:

  • Bobo
  • Bombshell
  • Fire and Ice
  • Firelight
  • Limelight
  • Little Lamb
  • Little Lime
  • Little Quick Fire
  • Pee Gee
  • Phantom
  • Pink Diamond
  • Pinky Winky
  • Silver Dollar
  • Snow Mountain
  • Sweet Summer
  • Quick Fire
  • Unique
  • Vanilla Strawberry

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Hydrangea anomala

No need to prune – May need to train it on a tree or a wall

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Cultivars:

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Many of our Hydrangeas are Proven Winners…check out the pictures below to see a good selection of them and others!

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Show-Stopping Hydrangeas

Show-Stopping Hydrangeas
Posted on: April 28, 2015

If you want to be the talk of the neighbourhood, you NEED to have hydrangeas in your garden – yes, hydrangeas plural – you can’t just have one!

We have over 30 varieties of Hydrangeas in stock and they’re all show stopping – good luck narrowing down your favourites!

Here are just a few of the Proven Winner Hydrangeas we carry:

 

The ‘City Line’ series:

City Line Mars Hydrangea

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City Line Paris Hydrangea

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City Line Rio Hydrangea

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Then there is the ‘Let’s Dance’ series:

Let’s Dance Starlight Hydrangea

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Let’s Dance Big Easy Hydrangea

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Let’s Dance Moonlight Hydrangea

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Let’s Dance Rhapsody Blue Hydrangea

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These are Proven Winners’ (and Our!) best selling Hydrangeas:

Limelight Hydrangea

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Little Lime Hydrangea

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Quick Fire Hydrangea

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Pinky Winky Hydrangea

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Bobo Hydrangea

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Want to know how and when to prune your hydrangea? Click here to one of our previous posts!

Don’t forget to use Aluminum Sulphate on your hydrangeas as they are acid-loving plants and will keep your blue hydrangeas blue!

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