Hydrangea collection

Magnificent flower heads, loose lacecap flowers or dense panicles – the wealth of shapes and colours in hydrangeas is delightful. More than 470 different types of hydrangeas and over 2000 plants grow around the prize-winning historical Moyland castle and gardens, including a new species named after Schloss Moyland itself.

More than a hundred historical and contemporary varieties of hydrangea grace the park of Schloss Moyland Museum and not only from a cultural historical viewpoint. The integration of the hydrangea collection into the park grounds brings new flower and colour splendour to the Stiftung and enhances the whole Moyland experience of art, castle and park.

On the history

Hydrangeas enjoy a long tradition in the castle gardens of Europe. Their large flower heads made a lasting impression on the nobility, when this shrub made its way from Asia to the European continent in the 18th century. Hydrangeas are a symbol of gratitude, grace and beauty.

Hydrangeas originate in two regions of the world, which also helps to account for their considerable diversity. At first it was the species from Asia that became known in Europe, above all Hydrangea macrophylla with mophead or lacecap flowerheads (also known in German as the “farmers’ hydrangea”), Hydrangea paniculata (“mophead” hydrangeas with cone shaped blooms) and Hydrangea serrata, also with flattened florets. The wood hydrangeas arrived later from the American continent, Hydrangea arborescens among them, with much looser flowerheads. Varieties also to be found in the park include climbing hydrangeas (Hydrangea petiolaris) and the rare involucral leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea involucrata). Meantime there are about 1000 known hydrangea varieties altogether.

Admission
€ 2 per person, 5 Family ticket

 

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