Expert Gardener Gives An Important Tip For Planting Hydrangeas On A Slope

Expert Gardener Gives An Important Tip For Planting Hydrangeas On A Slope

Rolling hills can be great fun when covered in lush grass, but they can also present a challenge for gardeners due to their tendency to cause erosion. Water can rush down in violent streams, taking sediment with it and causing significant damage to plants. However, there are some plants that can thrive in sloping conditions, such as hydrangeas.

To keep them happy, you can use rocks to build up the ground around the plants and ensure that they remain anchored in the soil. This will help prevent them from being washed away during rainy periods. When it comes to watering hydrangeas, keep in mind that they prefer moist soil but dislike standing water. Sloping terrain can be beneficial in this regard, as it allows for quick drainage. Gardening expert Jessica Zander from You Can Do It Gardening recommends using this approach to keep your hydrangeas healthy and happy on a slope.

Use rocks to build up the slope


Without bolstering plants on a slope in some way, water just runs right off and so do the nutrients . With roots exposed some plants will do better than others but why not give them a hand. Or a few stones. If you have a significant slope you may need a retaining wall but this could help until you are able to install one (hint: they can be very expensive!), or even instead of having one. Watch where the water runs and try to divert it away from the base of the plant(s). Location: client’s house (video done Dannie) About me: I’m in zone 6 in the Boston area but almost all of the principles I talk about are applicable to any garden. Go to my profile and click the Linktree link to schedule consultations, download pruning guides, support this free content and more. I try to respond to as many questions as I can but I can’t get to them all so feel free to help each other out if you have information to share.🌸 #landscapedesign #gardendesign #gardeningtips #gardenplanning #gardening #gardening101 #gardeningforbeginners #retainingwall #stonewall #gardentok

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Jessica Zander recommends using rocks to build up the soil. A rushing stream of water can remove dirt and nutrients, as she mentions in her TikTok. Zander says, “…put these stones in and kind of bolster the area. You’re not going to necessarily put in a whole retaining wall here, but at least around this one plant and any others you have on this slope.” In the video, she shows a beautiful sloping terrain with hydrangeas. There are some rocks present, but they don’t disturb the area; instead, they help support and take care of the hydrangeas, while enhancing the look and health of the plants.

Zander also shows that you can stack up rocks rather than cut them into the ground. They don’t need to be stacked up so high that they create a wall, but making them slightly taller than the soil level will help retain the important nutrients that otherwise would get washed down the slope. Rocks will not only help your soil maintain nutrients, but they can also add some visual interest to a sloping area with little vegetation.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.