Collection on Myrtle Way by araucaria
s and children's playground
on the Cable Car to City downhill route.

The name Hydrangea is Greek, meaning “water vessel”. It is derived from the shape of its seed capsule.
This diverse group of plants contains roughly 7-45 different species with some 600 named hybrids. This group consists of hardy and tender shrubs and woody climbers. They are mostly deciduous plants, though a few of the tender species are evergreen. They are natives of the Himalayas, North and South America, and central and eastern Asia.

These flowering shrubs have different flower forms - from the large globes of the "mopheads" to the discs of the "lacecaps" to the thick cones of oakleaf and panicle hydrangeas. They come in an array of colours from pure white to brilliant crimson, pale lilac to intense azure. Some varieties produce blossoms

Hydrangea Mathilda Guiges

with two-toned colours, while some flowers have contrasting eyes, and some may even be speckled or striped with another colour.

There are two kinds of florets in the flower heads. The sterile or ray florets are male and form the large, colourful sepals on the outside of the flower head. The fertile or perfect florets are small and inconspicuous. They bear the male and female parts and are usually found in the centre of the cluster.

There are four different kinds of hydrangea: big leaf, oak leaf, panicle, and smooth.

Hydrangea macrophylla

The bigleaf hydrangea is the shrub that comes to most people’s minds when they hear someone say “hydrangea.” Theflowers of Hydrangea macrophylla can be blue or pink or some shade in between, such as lilac or purple.
Hydrangea macrophylla grows more than eighteen inches annually, reaching a mature height of five feet and mature spread of five feet. There are two kinds of flowers. The hortensias, or mophead, hydrangea has large, rounded flower heads.

Lacecap hydrangea

The lacecaps have flatter heads made of showy sterile flowers in a ring around a center of fertile, bead-like flowers. The flowers will be blue when grown in acid soil, pink when grown in alkaline soil. Adding aluminum sulfate will lower the pH of the soil; adding dolomitic lime will raise the pH.

There are other varieties which can also be found.

Karl's beautiful hydrangea work is on display at The Dowse Art Gallery Lower Hutt, untill February 1015

For Solo 2014, Karl has painted a large nine metre work based on hydrangeas at the Wellington Botanic Garden, the plants seen on this page.

 Photographer Mark Tantrum
 Every effort has been made to correctly name the plants where available, but some errors in names and spelling may occur
 The following is a selection of images from the Garden collection on Myrtle Way, close to the childrens playground, in the auricaria collection, and on the Cable Car to city downhill walk.
The following and other mages can also be seen in a slide show.
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Hydrangea Immaculata

Hydrangea Renate Steiniger

Hydrangea Mrs Kumiko

Hydrangea Mathlida Guiges

Hydrangea Japonica Macrocephalia

Hydrangea Vorstier Feuhot

Hydrangea Tosca

Hydrangea hortensis Piamina

Hydrangea Alpen Gluhen

Hydrangea Asperobusta

Hydrangea Nightingale

Hydrangea Larnath While


Hydrangea Mathilda Guiges

Hydrangea Vorster Fruhot

Hydrangea Hortensis Piamina


Hydrangea Asperarobusta