Written on June 14, 2013 at 6:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
The following is a guest blog post from Angela Treadwell-Palmer, Co-owner of Plants Nouveau and involved with a variety of garden programs.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried all of the repeat flowering hydrangeas on the market. I hope you haven’t been as disappointed as I have. Yes, they bloom all summer, but it’s a bloom here, a bloom there, and the plant is never completely covered in blooms, right? Right! Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hokomarevo’ Everlasting™ Revolution is a game changer.
Not only does Revolution flower on new and old wood, making it sure to bloom for everyone, but the pink or blue (depending on the acidity of your garden soil) flowers fade to magical color combinations of deep rusty-pink and olive green, maroon and true blue, and even aqua and lime green. As the long summer days fade, each aging flower adds even deeper green highlights, extending the color in your garden well into the autumn.
This attractive, continuously blooming hydrangea not only has gorgeous, strong, long-lasting flowers, it’s a blooming machine. This might be the first super successful gift-to-garden plant. Here’s how it works; you buy it in full bloom for mom for mother’s day or Easter and enjoy it indoors for a month, then you can safely plant it in the garden and watch it bloom and grow for years and years – even in the colder regions of the US (USDA Zone 5)! Not many hydrangeas sold as gift plants are tough enough to be planted outside.
Wait – there’s more.
No house yet or no room to garden? Only have space for containers on your porch or patio? This amazing hydrangea will even survive outside in a large, freeze-proof container in many areas. Just give it a little water once in a while and let it sleep all winter. And since it grows to only 30” tall by 30” wide, you won’t need a big space or a big container. Its petite size is perfect for small, urban spaces, porches and patios. If you grew up with a Cape Cod-like cottage garden, but don’t have the space for larger mop head hydrangeas, this is the plant for you. All the color, all the nostalgia of grandma’s garden, cut flowers for the table and the perfect little garden plant all in one, who could ask for more?
Why buy a reblooming hydrangea when you can have an, Everlasting™ blooming machine?
Angela’s career has spanned almost every aspect of gardening, garden design and teaching folks how to garden with plants – especially natives. She most recently managed the development of new gardens for the U.S. National Arboretum. Angela managed new plant introduction and marketing for the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Conard-Pyle Co. She has designed and installed many private gardens throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Angela founded and now Co-owns Plants Nouveau LLC; a company that specializes in introducing and marketing new plants to the nursery industry. She’s been directing the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville University for the past eleven years. Angela’s career has taken her around the world, experiencing world famous gardens and remote areas looking for new ideas and exciting plants.
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