How to grow it
Aspect Dappled shade for majority of the day is ideal and promote better blooms. Keep protected from heavy rain as the petals collect water and will topple over.
Soil Blue and pink hydrangeas thrive in acidic soil. White hydrangeas will tolerate acidic to neutral soils.
Water If you live in an area with hard water, use rainwater if you can to prevent the soil pH increasing (becoming more basic) which might add a pink tint to your flowers.
Pruning Pruning correctly is important. Pruning at the base will cause the flowers to flop, instead prune midway to encourage sturdy wood that will support the big heads of flowers. If your white hydrangeas start to get a pink edge, just deadhead them and next years flowers will start off white again!
Compost Use a lime free compost to prevent changes to the pH of the soil. Use ericaceous compost when potting hydrangeas to keep the colour true.