You want hydrangeas? I'll give you hydrangeas!
Easter has come and gone but there's still a chance to take in some nice colour in a city currently awash in brown. During my last visit to the Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show, most of the hydrangeas were still not fully opened so I came back and took some better pictures.
I prefer the lacecap varieties over the big mophead types (more subtle and I like plants blooming on the horizontal plane.) Some of my clients receive these hydrangeas for Easter and then plunk them in the ground outside after the blooms fade. I'm surprised that some of them overwinter successfully but they never thrive and flower as much as the "real" Hydrangea macrophyllas.
I hope you enjoy these big balls of colour!
|I like the cute blue Easter eggs hanging from the two bare "trees"|
|A drift of Easter colour, the variegated ivy ties everything together|
|Some may find the palms and bananas incongruous but they do add drama|
|An overview shot, smells nice too!|
|Drift of two types of hydrangeas, different forms and feelings|
|Massing works well here|
|I just like the blushing pink tones|
|Variations of pinks|
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"