Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Kirsten’
The large, rich crimson flower blooms make such a statement in a shaded part of the garden. Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Kirsten’ has rich green foliage and is long flowering, from early summer through to autumn.
Happily, Hydrangeas are poisonous to rabbits. So if your hydrangea shrubs are nibbled by hungry bunnies – you have the comforting thought that at the very least they will have a bad tummy ache. Fortunately for the rabbits, Hydrangeas are usually not at the top of their menu.
Position in the garden
Like most mop-tops, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Kirsten’ enjoys Shade; Part Shade; Dappled Sun and Shade in Woodland conditions. Again like most mop-tops it needs medium amounts of water regularly. They love mulch and can tolerate summer humidity.
Perfect under trees and shrubs.
Growing: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Kirsten’
– Height with flowers: 100cm – 150cm approx.
– Width: 100cm – 150cm approx.
– Position: Deep Shade, Woodland Shade, Dappled Sun, Morning Sun.
– Soil: Well Drained and with plenty of mulch.
– Frost: Very frost hardy being able to withstand down to at least -10C. and more.
– Growth: Deciduous Shrub
– Beneficial for wildlife: Because all the flowers are sterile, mop-head Hydrangeas are of no use to bees or butterflies.
– Beware: Hydrangeas have a level of toxicity, but you or the pets have to eat more than a nibble to have effects. They are not tasty, so there is little temptation to graze (except if you are a rabbit). Some small percentage of people may have skin irritation, so wear gloves when pruning.
– Care: If their conditions are met, Hydrangea macrophylla are easy, low care.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Sadly, they will both place them at the top of their menu selection if they take a fancy.
– Origin: Native to woodlands in Japan.