A lacecap hydrangea has two layers of flowers. One layer takes up the center of the flower and the remainder frill the edge as petals. Lacehead growing requirements are the same as mopheads, their more famous relative. A location with part-sun and part-shade is ideal for this flower. The soil must be rich and well-draining for the lacecap needs regular irrigation. This variety of hydrangea needs frequent watering but cannot be left to drown in the un-absorbed water. A balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer is best as well as some organic mulch around the roots. After the first flowering snipping off the larger shoots is recommended. This process, known as deadheading, ensures the hydrangea stays blooming all summer. The lacecap can handle much pruning and an old plant may be revived with a winter pruning.
- this hydrangea grows flowers that resemble flat caps with frilly edges. The flower is a round disk of short flowers, edged with showier flowers.
- These hydrangeas prefer evenly moist soil. One step you can take to help the soil retain moisture is to layer a few inches of organic mulch on the soil about the hydrangea’s roots.
- Use a balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer according to label directions or blend organic compost into the soil every year.
“Good care for lacecap hydrangeas starts with being sure your shrub gets enough water, but not too much. These shrubs like to get regular drinks, but only if the unused water drains nicely from the soil.”