The Abundance of Hydrangeas on the Azores Islands

Heart-shaped HydrangeaThe Azores islands are 9 exotic islands, located in the mid-Atlantic ocean which have a delicate, narrow weather pattern. The islands are known for their unique flora and fauna which extends far past the endemic plants of the island. Introduced here in the 17th century, the hydrangea plant is by far the most recognized symbol of the region.11349932_10203735467501030_1209490782_n It is on these islands that you can find countless colors, shapes, and sizes of these beautiful flowers. It is hard to say which island has more hydrangeas as the highways and country roads are lined with these flowers. Here you can see various shades of blue, pink, and white hydrangeas in the spring and summer months when they are in full bloom.colorful flowers on island The island of Faial is known as the blue island due to the thousands of blue hydrangeas that blanket the island’s landscape. Hydrangeas are a shade-loving plant that requires moist, fertile, well-drained soil. When grown correctly,  the flowers are incredibly blue, which is due to the acid in the soil and the high aluminum content. If you don’t know the pH of your soil, you can still grow hydrangeas, the flowers will simply bloom pink or white (depending on the type of plant) instead of turning blue.42770425_ml It’s easy to test the pH of your soil if you buy a pH test kit or pH meter. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14.  Acid soils have a pH of 6.5 or less.  A pH of 7 is neutral.  Alkaline soils have a pH of 7.5 or more.  Hydrangeas grow best in soil that has a pH of 5.0 – 5.5. It is possible in the same garden to have various colors of hydrangeas as the pH balance can vary in different areas making these plants a colorful addition to any garden. hydrangeafaialHydrangeas are very popular in the east coast of the United States and are able to grow in various shades of blue as well. If you go to the Hampton’s, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket you will most likely see these large beautiful plants adorning the countryside homes and town gardens. It is said it was brought to Nantucket from the Azorean fisherman who relocated to the island for better living conditions.d4ee0-524863_475563832492639_166402111_n When the ladies were setting sail with their husbands on their transatlantic journey from the Azores to America they brought their prized hydrangea seeds with them, hoping to cultivate the plant in their new homeland of Nantucket. As you can see the flowers are present everywhere in the Azores and especially in Faial and Sao Miguel where every local has the colorful plant growing in their garden. It is illegal to pick the hydrangeas from the public gardens or countryside as they play a crucial role in maintaining the beauty of the roadways for both locals and tourists.sao_miguel_azores The first thing travelers always inquire about when visiting the Azores is how there are so many hydrangea flowers everywhere and who maintains them? The answer is the towns that the plants are located all have a responsibility in maintaining a certain level of flora along the roadside with locals working at the “Junta” cutting, trimming, and planting these beautiful flowers annually. faiasl



There is nothing more beautiful than seeing colorful blue and purple hydrangeas in your garden; something we have an abundance of here on the Azores islands. Now available in limited quantity are 100% Azores Hydrangea seeds from the green island of Sao Miguel. 25 Stratified Hydrangea Seeds from the Azores - Beautiful Strong Healthy Plants - Lovely Fragrance - Great for Gardens, Borders or Potted! Enjoy the magic of the Azores in your garden today! SHIPPED WORLDWIDE AFTER PAYMENT ONLINE! The Best of the Azores from our garden to yours!


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  1. Maria Silvestre Reply

    Beautiful, thank you..

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  3. Leah Wiggins Reply

    How can I get information on how to visit this island?

  4. Middleton Reply

    Beautiful, now each time I admire these lovely huge brilliant blooms , I will think of these islands

    • Sandy Thomas Reply

      wow this is a definate on my bicket list to visit the islands go whale watching and wild swimming please send me details i am female and will be travelling alone something my late Father always talked of but never got to experience i will go in his memory

  5. toni berkshire Reply

    My uncle was in the Navy and traveled many places. He said the Azores was the most beautiful of any.

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  7. Judy Reply

    Beautiful! Encourages me to plant more in my yard!

  8. Sandy Thomas Reply

    My Dad was also in the Navy and often talked about the azores even carved it’s name and images on scrimshaw

  9. Inese Reply

    When are hydrangeas in full blooms?? When the best time visit Azores to see the blooming hydrangeas?

  10. Julana Reply

    So beautiful!!!

  11. Sue Reply

    Where can I get some of these beautiful flowers Can I order them online where can I buy them in a stores like Walmart or Lowe’s I love the colors of the flowers

    • David J. Melo Tavares Reply

      Yes! You can order them online at the bottom of the article! We have the best hydrangea seeds here in the Azores! They grow Amazing!

      • Bonnie Wolfe

        I would like to purchase hydrangea seeds from the Azores.

      • David J. Melo Tavares

        Just click on the quantity requested at the bottom of the article and it will take you to paypal to pay. Kind regards!! David

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