Welcome to Hydrangea Derby
Bear with us as we update this website with more information about our plants and a clearer route to information about opening times and the open day.
Hydrangea Derby, a voluntary group, was set up in 2010 to look after the Hydrangea Garden in Darley Park. Our aim is to create a beautiful and inclusive space in a corner of an exceedingly popular park to which visitors will come again and again. In the last 11 years we have become the only National Collection of Hydrangea paniculata in the world with the responsibility of preventing any Hydrangea paniculata disappearing from cultivation. There are many other hydrangeas to be seen however and you’ll find out about them as you go through our menu. The garden now holds 9 of the most common species and 890 cultivars.
The garden is in a public park so is open all year with free entry. Part of the collection is in a walled garden which is open from July to November when the plants are in full bloom. It is open all day during these months and entry is free.
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An Introduction to Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas have come back into fashion and are now much more than the well-known pink (in alkaline soil) and blue (in acid soil) mop head and lacecap varieties. While these have cultivated to become more and more elaborate, nurseries have discovered the charms of species that produce cone shaped flower heads, black stems, delicate serrated leaves and chocolate-coloured leaves with bristles. You will find compact hydrangeas for the front of your borders, large woodland ones, ones that climb up walls and ones that attract bees and butterflies. Explore the variety on our Plant Page.