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  • Hydrangeas! The flower color is determined by the soil acidity, you can sometimes change the color by adding a little aluminum to the soil.

  • I actually just bought a couple today. The guy at the garden center said they’d probably turn pink based on the soil here in DC.

    • Yup. Mine have lived at three different houses in DC. They started out pink, then they turned purplish at our next house, and now they are back to bright pink at our new house. (And yes I dug up the bush every time I moved since it had originally come from my grandmother’s garden!)

  • Wasn’t there a house near Vermont Avenue last year shown on PoP that had a ton of these in the front yard? I

  • uggh hydrangea. there’s no real reason, but I just can’t stand them. And they’re everywhere.

  • justinbc

    Our neighbor has blue hydrangeas, like smurf color blue. I’m actually pretty jealous.

  • I love hydrangeas, but haven’t ever planted any, because they spend most of the DC summer looking like they’re about to die a painful wilted death. This heat does not agree with them.

    • ah

      They are best planted where they’ll be shaded in afternoon (i.e., east side of buildings). Or make sure they’re well watered. Our look fine all summer so long as we follow that guide.

  • ah

    What is the vine with the heart-shaped leaves in the first photo? Is there any reason not to remove it? (We have them all over and I keep pulling them)

    • Dunno, but I think it’s a weed. This garden looks to me like it was nice at one time and has become overgrown since.

    • It’s bindweed and it can take over a garden or yard in a matter of weeks. It’s near impossible to get rid of entirely, so you have to just do damage control and be sure to weed every few days to keep it under control. It can choke out delicate plants like tomatoes and sucks all the water out of the ground around other plants (like these hydrangeas), making flowers wilt faster. Make sure that when you pull the vines, you throw all of it in the trash (not compost), because tiny pieces of pulled vine can re-root easily. Pulling before it flowers will make it a lot easier to control–once it blooms, it sets hundreds more seeds in your garden that will sprout later in the season.

      Good luck!

      • Ugh, yes. I hate this stuff! I pull it up every few days. It’s impossible to completely get rid of it. That and these monstrous weeds that shoot off underground runners and come up everywhere. They get super tall and have huge stalks filled with water. Not sure what they are, but they look like dinosaur-age plants. I’ve been combating them to no avail all spring/summer!

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