HYDRANGEAS – Naomi Slade, Georgianna Lane

Beautiful varieties for home and garden

Description: Underestimated for too long as just a shrub for cottage gardens, the hydrangea is experiencing a renaissance in floral design. Lavish and luscious, the often-giant blooms are the epitome of chic. The next title in Pavilion’s series of beautiful floral gardening guides celebrates the ornamental charm and butterfly-like petals of the hydrangea.

This title celebrates the history and main varieties of the hydrangea, from its origins in China, Japan and Korea, to how they have taken over most gardens in the world. To this day, pink hydrangeas are popular in Asia, as they are given as love tokens, and most recently, a hydrangea hybrid won Plant of the Year at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Pavilion’s guide to the most beautiful varieties reveals their fascinating assets together with practical cultivation tips for any garden or container. Including delicate blooms such as the raspberry ripple Miss Soari and the beautiful Annabelle, to the full-on and fabulous Glam Rock and the weirdly wonderful Limelight.

With engaging commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everybody who is after the best bloom for weddings, gardens of any size, or looking for the most bountiful cut flowers.


Image Credit Georgianna Lane

This is an absolutely beautiful book, Naomi’s descriptions are so insightful and the photography by Georgianna Lane is exquisite.

The Contents include: Introduction, The History and Cultivation of Hydrangeas, followed by a categorisation of Hydrangeas into the following groupings, Elegant and Airy, Pale and Interesting, Cool and Crazy, Brilliant and Bold, and finally Hydrangea Growing and Care.

This delightful book really is ‘ everything you ever need to know’ about hydrangeas, Naomi has written the most comprehensive guide to this beautiful flower, complemented by the most gorgeous photography by Georgianna.

Every entry has a general description of the flower, plus details on its height, spread, flower size, habit, colour, preferred situation, hardiness, its location in the garden and how it performs as a cut flower.

Whether you want to add hydrangeas to your garden, use as a cut flower, or in a special bouquet this fascinating book will be a wonderful guide! Highly Recommended!

HYDRANGEAS Beautiful varieties for home and garden by Naomi Slade, with photography by Georgianna Lane, published by Pavilion