Hydrangea macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillere'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July and August
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: The flower-heads make excellent dried flower arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Wonderful, white flowers from July to August, becoming pink-tinged with age, and coarsely toothed, dark green leaves. This popular, mophead hydrangea is ideal for brightening a partly shady border with moist, well-drained soil. While young it makes an attractive container or house plant.
- Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather, soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Q:I bought a hydrangea from Blooms, Worcester which I was told was 'Madame Emile Mouillier' - in full bloom - and in an indoor display. having carefully planted it in partial shade some three weeks ago it is now beginning to look a little sick and not appearing to put on any growth. What, if any, could be the problem?Asked on 24/5/2015 by cubabob from malvern, worcs.
If you bought this plant in full bloom a few weeks ago, then it has been 'forced' (ie grown in an artificial environment that tricks the plant into thinking that it is later in the year than it really is). While this practice makes things very appealing on the garden centre benches, it does play havoc with the plants metabolism for a little while, so you probably just need to give it time and it will probably recover eventually (or even next year). For now though, I suspect it is looking sick because it is either reacting to the sudden change of temperatures, or it could simply think that flowering season is over and it has done its stuff for the year.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi I would like to plant a white hydrangea in a large zinc planter. Please advise on variety. Also should I drill holes in the planter? I am worried that it will dry out but also if I do not drill holes it may get water logged. The planter will be situated in a North Eastern aspect. Looking forward to your reply.Asked on 16/5/2015 by Brighton from Brighton
I am not sure the size of your planter, but I woukd recommend choosing one of the more compact hydrangeas, such as 'Zebra' - please click on the following link to go straight to it.
As for the planter itself, if you are going to plant straight into it, then you should have drainage holes in the bottom so the excess water can drain away. Otherwise, the hydrangea could easily become waterlogged.Answered on 21/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I want to move two hydrangeas from full sun, dry condition to a slightly shaded border, when is the best time to do this please?Asked on 10/12/2014 by wizzy from norfolk
The best time to move established shrubs is in the autumn when they are not actively growing, but the soil will still be warm, so now would be an ideal time. Hope this helps.Answered on 10/13/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I have recently bought a Hydrangea Macrophylla. It has white mop head flowers older ones now fading pink and each floret has a slightly frilled edge, not smooth like others.
Can you tell me if it is Madame Emile Mouillere or are there other possibilities? We want to get another one!Asked on 8/30/2014 by woodrow from Devon
There are many hundred (if not thousands) of different hydrangeas, so it will be difficult to say for sure which one you have. If it is important that you have exactly the same plant, then I would recommend taking soft-wood cuttings in early summer from the one you already have.Answered on 9/1/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I'd really like to plant this in front of my house as a pair in two large pots. Will it cope/flower well facing North East?Asked on 2/27/2014 by crazy lady from Northamptonshire
Hydrangeas will tolerate some shade but to flower they will need some sun, otherwise the blooms will be sparse or non at all. Also if you are going to plant them in pots they need to be kept well watered as they need a moist well-drained soil, and feed in the growing season.Answered on 2/28/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Hydrangeas come in many guises, but the blue and pink mopheads and lacecaps that flower in summer are generally forms of Hydrangea macrophylla, an Asian species that prefers lots of summer rainfall and drier winters. This can be tricky in drier gardens, bRead full article