Hydrangea macrophylla ‘L. A. Dreamin’™ ‘Lindsey Ann’ – In
summer, this hydrangea produces mop-head flowers in pink, blue
and in-between, regardless of soil pH. The color palette of
hues and mixtures is set off beautifully against shiny foliage
that is nearly translucent when backlit by light. This compact
shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide and does well in part
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Glowing Embers'
‘Let’s Dance® Moonlight’
– In summer, this floriferous hydrangea
produces large, rich rose-pink or blue (depending on soil pH)
mop-head flowers that are held on sturdy stems. In autumn, the
foliage takes on bronze-red tones for additional late season
interest. This compact shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide
and does well in part shade.
‘Let’s Dance® Starlight’
– In contrast to its sister, ‘Lets
Dance® Moonlight’, this hydrangea produces lace-cap flowers, in
blue/pink, depending on soil pH. The vivid flower colorations
offer a nice contrast with the glossy green leaves. It grows 2
to 3 feet tall and wide and does well in part shade.
‘Penny Mac’ – In summer, 6 to 8 inch rounded clusters of showy
mop-head flowers in blue /pink, depending on soil pH, are
formed. This hydrangea can grow 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4
feet wide. It does well in a location with part shade.
‘Twist-n-Shout®’ – This cultivar is the first re-blooming
lace-cap from the Endless Summer™ Collection. It’s a re-bloomer
that produces exquisite blue/pink (depending on soil pH) flowers
during the summer. An added bonus to the flowers is the
burgundy-red coloration of the foliage in the fall. Shrub grows
3 to 5 feet tall and wide and does well in part shade.
Hydrangea paniculata cultivars
The common name, panicled hydrangea, describes the large,
cone-shaped flowers which appear in midsummer. Since this
hydrangea species flowers on new (current year’s) wood, it
blooms reliably every year.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'
Depending upon the cultivar, this
hydrangea can reach a height of 8 to 20 feet and be grown as a
multi-stem shrub or a single trunk tree.
‘Kyushu’ – This cultivar can grow eight feet tall and wide. In
midsummer, the lush, bright green foliage is topped with white
flowers (8 inches plus) that turn pinkish to almost purple as
the season progresses. This cultivar holds its blooms later than
many other hydrangeas. It does well in sun to part shade.
‘Little Lime’™ – This unusual, compact cultivar grows 3 to 5
feet tall and wide. In midsummer, the dark green leaves are
topped with 6 to 8 inch lime-green flowers that take on hints of
pink and red as they mature. The flower color is not affected by
soil pH. This hydrangea does well in sun to part shade.
‘Quick Fire’™ – This beautiful hydrangea is a breakthrough,
since it flowers about a month earlier than other H. paniculata
cultivars. In mid-summer, creamy-white flowers form on red
stems, and as the season progresses, the flowers take on a deep
rosy-pink coloration; flower color is not affected by soil pH.
This shrub can grow 6 to 8 feet tall and wide and does well in
sun to part shade.
‘Vanilla Strawberry’™ – A relative of the PeeGee Hydrangea, it
forms large flowers in mid-summer. The flower coloration begins
as creamy-white, changes to pink, and then eventually becomes
strawberry-red to burgundy. As the summer progress, new flower
heads continue opening, and as a result, the plant displays all
three color stages at any one time. The multicolored blooms,
which are borne on red stems and contrasted against the green
leaves, make a spectacular sight! This shrub grows 6 to 8 feet
tall and 4 to 5 feet wide and does well in sun to part shade.
▪ Hydrangeas do best in
soils that are organically rich, moist,
well-drained, and acidic; sun to part shade.
▪ Fertilize plants with an organic fertilizer, such as Espoma
Holly-tone® (4-3-4), per label recommendations.
▪ Pruning of young Hydrangea macrophylla and paniculata cultivars
should be limited to the removal of dead branches. Let the
plants mature before considering more extensive pruning.
▪ Changing flower color (where it can be changed) may be a
difficult challenge because it depends on the hydrangea’s
genetics and the environmental conditions above and below
ground. The final flower color will ultimately be the
hydrangea’s decision, not yours!
For blue flowers (soil
pH should be 5.0-5.5) dissolve one
tablespoon of aluminum sulfate in a gallon of water and drench
the soil around the plant in March, April and May. Don’t overdo
this treatment, because too much aluminum can be toxic to the
plant’s root system.
For pink flowers (soil pH should be ~6.0) dissolve one
tablespoon of hydrated lime in a gallon of water and drench the
soil around the plant in March, April and May.
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