Scientific name - Hydrangea spp.
Popular names - hydrangea, hydrangea, Ortensia.
Distribution and Habitat - originally from the Himalayas, to Japan, Philippines and Java, Chile.
Description - genus includes 80 species, the most popular are H. macrophylla, H. arborescens, H. paniculata and H. quercifolia. Shrub or voluble species with opposite leaves. Flowers solitary or grouped in inflorescences type corymb, Raceme. Ovary compound, 2-10 rags, below. Capsule truncata. Seeds numerous, ribbed.
Growth rate - fast.
Tolerances - temperatures up to -5 ° C.
Requirements - semiumbra prefer, but grow well in direct sunlight, if not lack water. They prefer sunny places in climele with high humidity and shady places in places where humidity is low.
Management - to have a lot of peat land and acid is added once a year aluminum sulphate and alkaline land to add lime. Too much lime will not damage plants, and if too little will not influence the color of flowers. Changing soil pH is four-six months before the season of prosperity.
Hortensia has modest needs generally requires regular cutting the crown. For hydrangeas planted in pots to shorten all branches after blooming, leaving only a few leaves on each stem, and transplanting plants in two to three years.
Cuttings should be made immediately after the flowers have withered. Do not cut old wood that ensure flowering in successive years.
If plants are exposed to winter winds, it must be protected floriferi buds. It connects all the branches with a thick cloth bag and will get out when buds begin to swell (it is open).
PropagationE - seedlings shoots by one or two internoduri, from May to July. The new plants are planted at 0.9 - 1.2 m between plants and 1.5-2.4 m between rows.
Hortensia is grown on fertile ground in autumn or spring, enriched with peat in pots of 40-60 cm wide and at least 30 inches deep.
Diseases and pests - trips, aphids, mites, snails, Botrytis cinerea. Mites attack is recognizable by the appearance of yellow spots p leaves. Leaves with small dots of orange and yellow face inside is caused by rust.
Rhopalosiphum aphids attacking dianthi are lujerii November.
Persicae attack Eulecanium shady parts of the crown.
Phillosticta hydrangeae cause stains brown-gray branches and leaves.
Partners garden - Eryngium giganteum, Polystichum setiferum, Spiraea japonica, Spiraea x bumalda.
Cultivars - H. macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'presents small blue flowers. H. arborescens 'Annabella' 25-30 cm wide, creamy white flowers appear from June to September. H. paniculata 'Grandiflora' sterile white flowers arranged in panicule 15-20 cm long. H. quercifolia 'Snowflake' Double flowers.
Properties and Uses - ideal for shrub borders or as groups on lawns.
Curiosity - hydrangeas produce blue or purple flowers and pink flowers on land acidic alkaline land.
In Europe it was introduced by the naturalist Philibert Commerson, XVII century.
Trees and shrubs
Tree. Stem thick, iregulat branched, 8-20 m high, small trunk with rough bark and dark, horizontal branches. Leaves opposite, dark green, elliptical language, 10-20 x 6.9 cm, the round, top round, margins entire, ribs parallel and perpendicular to the mid rib. Flowers in axillary Cime of 4-15 flowers blossom is white rachides cream, white flowers, 2.5 cm diameter and 0.8-1.4 cm long.
Lotus maculatus Breitf.
Herbaceous, with the stem wood, under-shrub pendulum. Strain up to 1.5 m high, glabra, gray-green silky, internoduri 35-45 mm stipele children. Leaves imparipenat, 5 folio; foliole 10-25 x 1 mm, subulate or linear, convex upper and concave lower edges entire, top obtuse-rounded, surface moderately pubescent.
Acacia sieberiana - tree, 3-25 m tall, rounded crown. Increase in savannah, in semi-arid regions of Africa, from 0-1850 m altitude.
Betula alba - species, ornamental, decorative crown shape and color of bark, in parks and gardens. The bark is rich in tannins, is used in cosmetics.
Robinia pseudoacacia - Acacia
Tree, 25 m high, crown iregulata, oval, open. Maroni stalk, thin, tomato-brown of thorns present 1.5-2.5 cm long. Small buds superimposed. Leaves alternate, imparipenat-compound, 7-19 folio elliptical, obovata, opposite, entire edge, nervatiune pinnate, 4-5 cm long, green or green glauca, are yellow in autumn.
Salix reticulata is a shrub alpine areas grows, from 1800-2700 m altitude in association with Silene acaulis and Dryas octopetala.
Ostrya carpinifolia - used as an ornamental species for gardens, parks and green street.
Ostrya is derived from Greek 'Ostrya', referring to the shape of bracts that protect the fruit.
Herbaceous perennial, fleshy rhizome. Flexible stem, erect to decumbenta, ribbed, light purple, 8-20 cm high. Leaves petiolate, green-glauca, glabra, 5-10 cm long, leaf-ovat basal orbiculare or reniforme; caulinare lanceolata-spatulate leaves, base cuneata, top acute, edge teeth caulinare upper leaves are elliptical, bracteiforme.
Abutilon darwinii - ornamental shrub originating in S Brazil. In hot climates are grown as ornamental plants in parks and gardens in cold climates are grown in pots for indoor or greenhouse.