Start a Hydrangea ‘Revolution’
The first time I saw Everlasting Revolution hydrangea, I knew I was looking at something special. It was a couple of years ago and I’ve patiently waited for this plant to make it to garden centers. Happily, in 2013, the wait is over! Want a sneak peek of something you’ll just have to have this year? Read on!
What made such an impression on me was the plant’s constitution. The leaves were thick and almost leathery to the touch. The blooms were thick, too, and almost rubbery so you know they’ll hold up a good long while. I had guessed the thickness of the leaves meant the hydrangea would hold up better to drought than your typical bigleaf hydrangea — and the baby trial plant I grew in the summer of 2012 did hold up impressively to our hot summer temperatures.
Being a plant geek, I pay attention to the way the plant performs. Those qualities excited me. But most of my friends were much more interested in the blooms and the fact that the flowers go through a color-changing phase. They start out pink or blue (or purple), depending on the pH of your soil and gradually take on green highlights, giving them an old-fashioned look. I do have to admit it’s pretty fun.
Another thing that caught my eye is that Everlasting Revolution hydrangea is a rebloomer, so it blooms on new stems and old. That’s really important to me here in Zone 5 Iowa, where harsh winters kill the flower buds before they open. That means we’ll get to enjoy this plant’s lovely blooms all summer, no matter how harsh the winter is.
Look for Everlasting Revolution hydrangea in a garden center near you this spring!
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