Hydrangea ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’ is a huge hit

Enjoying a significant rise in shrub sales in general, T&M is thrilled that its customers are so enamoured with the amazing Hydrangea ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’. It has become the best-selling item from the Cottage Garden range and promises to be one of this year’s shrub successes. Named after the grand and impressive Schloss Wackerbarth, situated between Dresden and Meissen in Germany, the fabulous 3-coloured heads of this most eye-catching of shrubs have taken the gardening world by storm.

The rounded flower-heads are formed by dozens of red florets with blue-purple centres and each petal is tipped with an extraordinary shade of lime green. As with many varieties, hydrangea macrophylla ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’ produces slightly different colour tones depending on the pH of the soil.

Thompson & Morgan is putting the increase in shrub sales down to the unseasonably wet weather. This, coupled with relatively warm temperatures, means that traditional planting times for shrubs have been extended. Shrubs planted now will love the moist, warm conditions and will have lots of time to become well established before the winter frosts.

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.


  1. Just bought one that was greenhouse grown. In a pot. I am planting outdoors in the ground once it thaws but what type of soil do I need to have to keep the rich dark red color and the purple center? Suggestions please.

    • Terri Overett

      Hi Judy, thank you for your comment.”Hydrangea ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’ is also known as the ‘Glam Rock’ Hydrangea. This plant produces slightly different colour tones depending on the soil pH. To keep it the colour you have the soil needs to be neutral, pH7. Further info on growing Hydrangeas can be found on our website http://bit.ly/1HwuKws Hope this helps. Best wishes, Terri

  2. Will this gorgeous shrub tolerate shade? If it does I presume it prefers a damper shady spot?

    • Terri Overett

      Hi Jacky, thank you for your comment. Our Hydrangea ‘Glam Rock’ are better in sun or Semi Shade – but does require keep moist. I hope that helps? Best wishes

  3. the hydrangea glam rock is a lovely looking plant,my question is how long does it take to produce flowers.bearing in mind it comes in a very small 9cm pot

    • Rebecca Tute

      Hi Ken, I’ve just spoken to Andrew Tokely, our horticultural expert and he says that ‘Glam Rock’ may flower in its first year and if it does, it’s likely to be in August/September. However, sometimes the energy goes into producing the plant in the first year and flowers in the second year. It can depend on the conditions that the plant is grown in. I hope this helps. Kind regards, Rebecca.


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