The Hydrangea

Maurice Foster
The genus Hydrangea goes far beyond the colourful and ubiquitous Hortensia of a million suburban front gardens; it offers a remarkable diversity and versatility, with attractive planting choices for gardens everywhere. From the tough mountain species that can take up to -30C in their stride, to the warm temperate lianas that can top twenty metres into a tree, different species are now being brought into play by breeders to provide new cultivars at a bewildering rate. This book picks up this challenge, helping readers choose the best hydrangeas for their particular gardens, no matter what the soil or situation.
The Hydrangea by Maurice Foster

About the author

Maurice Foster’s keen interest in hydrangeas began over 65 years ago when he took a summer job during the university vacation with writer and nurseryman Michael Haworth Booth, author of the first specialist UK book on hydrangeas. Although known as an evangelist for the hydrangea, his interest is in all woody plants, as demonstrated by his garden and arboretum at White House Farm in Kent, now a charitable foundation, where he also grows significant collections of maples, magnolia, camellia, birches and deutzias among many other genera. He has been a member of the RHS Woody plant committee for the last 27 years; is a Trustee of the Tree Register of Britain and Ireland; and received the highest RHS award, the Victoria Medal of Honour, in 2011. He has travelled widely across the world in search of cool temperate woody plants.

Press Reviews

Physically, this is a handsome hardback, a pleasure to hold and to read, admirably laid out and printed on heavy silk-coated paper which means the photos are of excellent quality in both definition and colour. The bottom line is that even if you buy only a single book on plants in 2024, you really should make it this one.

- François Gordon, Kent Gardens Trust

To have such a thorough and accurate book is a delight and so useful…this will certainly be the premier go-to Hydrangea reference book from now on, and one recommended most highly and without reservation

- Everard Daniel, RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group Bulletin