Wayside Gardens All Summer Beauty Hydrangea

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All Summer Beauty Hydrangea

All Summer Beauty Hydrangea
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Everything that is new and wonderful about Hydrangea can be found in All Summer Beauty, a delightful new Bigleaf mophead. Unlike older varieties, this super-floriferous shrub is hardy right through zone 5 in the north. And because it blooms... on both old and new wood (well explain that in a second!), it wont be nipped back by a late frost or freak cold snap! This compact, deciduous shrub is among the most free-flowering Hydrangeas we have ever grown, and thats not just because its season is so long. Well-branched and vigorous, it sets masses of big round snowballs of pink (in alkaline or lime soil) or blue (in acid soil) among its toothy, bright green leaves. The larger blooms reach 6 inches in diameter, the smaller about 4 inches, but all are magnificent in fresh or dried bouquets as well as on the plant. Very long-lasting, they lose their color only very gradually, so you can leave them on the shrub through autumn if you like. The flowers begin in early summer in most climates (sometimes late spring in hotter areas), and thats as far as it goes for most Hydrangeas -- one big bumper crop and its done. Thats because Hydrangea traditionally blooms on old wood, meaning last years growth. But All Summer Beauty is one of a new breed that reblooms on the current years growth as well! So ideally you get your usual heavy show in early summer, followed by a big encore in late summer! Where this rebloom really comes in handy is in the north, where late frosts can freeze all the flower buds on the old wood. Even if this happens, youre guaranteed at least one good showing on the current years growth! Gardening offers few certainties, but this is a nice little insurance policy! And then of course in those years when spring is mild, you have two full seasons of bloom. Cant beat it with a stick! All Summer Beauty has one more trick up its sleeve: its foliage turns bright yellow before dropping in late fall. This is nice. Its not the breathtaking show that some plants put on, but its more than most Hydrangeas can muster, and youll love the look of these big, serrated leaves turning buttery yellow in the cool days of early fall. Expect All Summer Beauty to reach 3 to 4 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can put it in a big container, if you like, where it will grow a bit smaller. Its also terrific in the foundation, because even though its deciduous, the branchy upright silhouette in winter is interesting, and the flowers last forever in summer. It needs partial shade in the south, but does well in full sun farther north. And take that Hydr- prefix seriously in its name: keep it watered well, but with good soil drainage! Zones 5-9. read more

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Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. Plant Patent #15,298. This popular Hydrangea cultivar blooms on both old and new wood, repeat...ing reliably from early summer till fall, so late frosts don't faze it. You can expect weeks of glorious color through Zone 4 in the north with Endless Summer. This mop head begins bearing massive 8 to 10 in. flowers when the weather warms in summer and reblooms into fall. The pink or blue blooms (depending on soil pH -acid for blue blooms, alkaline for pink) are splendid cut flowers either fresh or dried. Many Hydrangeas are hardy in the north, but late frosts freeze the buds and they never come into bloom, but with this beauty that fear is gone. By blooming on new growth, Endless Summer gives you color no matter how icy your spring turned out to be. It reaches 5 ft. high and 4 ft. wide, perfect for foundations or a low hedge. Happiest in partial shade, it takes more sun in the northern portion of it's hardiness range, and is very heat- and humidity-tolerant farther south. Keep well watered during the first few seasons. read more

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Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. PPAF. Part of the Endless Summer Hydrangea Collection, this flowering shrub blooms on both ol...d and new wood all summer long. lace-cap type flowers have lacy, deep pink centers which are surrounded by either pink or blue flowers, depending upon soil pH. Sturdy red stems with deep green foliage and a compact size perfect for a potted plant or anywhere in the landscape. read more

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