Wayside Gardens Lets Dance Starlight Hydrangea

Cultivar name: Lynn. Its the breeding breakthrough weve been waiting for! Just 2 to 3 feet high and wide, this container-sized Hydrangea blooms on both old and new wood, giving northern gardeners a lovely season and southern and western gar...deners 2 glorious bloomtimes every year. But thats not even the innovation: its that the blooms arent the usual mophead, summer snowball rounded type. Theyre the far more unusual lacecap variety, with an outer ring of large open florets circling a core of tiny closed flowers! Now there is absolutely no barrier to growing Hydrangea wherever you live, for this super-compact variety thrives in containers that you can bring indoors for winter! You will love these blooms. The petals are triangular, for an exotic sort of look, and they will be colored with a rosy pink or deep blue, depending on the pH of your soil. They surround a big bouquet of inner flowers that may remain fairly green, with flashes of blue or pink. But either way, the big outer petals gradually mature to bright green : the complete opposite of the usual pattern for mopheads, where the flowers start green and then get their color! The foliage is large, toothy, and bright green on this tight little shrub, banking the blooms beautifully. Lets Dance? Starlight really knows how to fill a container, with giant blooms and big leaves tumbling from all sides. Of course, it doesnt have to go in containers (except north of zone 5, for winter protection), and it makes a fine foreground planting for the foundation, shrub border, and larger Hydrangea varieties. If you like lacecap Starlight, you must grow it among its cousin mophead Moonlight. Lets Dance? Starlight is the ideal Hydrangea for zones 5 and 6, where many other varieties suffer in late spring frosts. In these climates, even if a late frost should freeze the buds of the first early- to midsummer blooms, a second set will appear in summer for late season flowering. Thats the beauty of reblooming Hydrangea: it guarantees you at least one fabulous season every year! This mini shrub thrives in moist soil in full sun in the North, partial shade farther south and west. The Hydra part of its name indicates its love of water, but it needs good soil drainage too, so it is not a shrub for boggy or wet soils. Keep it well watered, especially during the summer heat, and it will grow and bloom for decades. Certain to become your favorite shrub, this versatile little beauty deserves a special place in your landscape! Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. cultivar name:SMHPLQF. One of the first paniculatas to bloom, this Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety... is remarkable for its diminutive frame and its fluffy flower spikes, the white florets accented with deep carmine tones, regardless of soil pH! With blooms on old and new wood alike over a long season, this is a little workhorse in the cutting garden! Little Quick Fire? is a gardeners dream come true. This very vigorous, lovely shrub sets masses of white-to-rosy-pink flowers at the first breath of hot weather, and continues the show through summer and into fall. Our gardens could all use an extra 4 to 5 weeks of color, and thats exactly what it delivers -- even in areas with cold winters and late spring frosts! These large, loosely-held blooms open creamy-white, then quickly turn a deep rosy-pink that is a bit unusual in hue and very eye-catching. Their color isnt affected by soil pH, so you can plant Little Quick Fire? alongside your blue H. macrophyllas in acidic soil and still be assured of rosy blooms. And since this Hydrangea flowers on new wood, they will continue to arise even late in the season -- a real boon for those of us in climates prone to late-spring frosts that kill the buds of our Hydrangeas! Little Quick Fire? is a compact German introduction, topping out at 3 to 5 feet high and wide at maturity. It thrives in full sun in all but the very hottest climates, and grows quickly. Treat yourself to an extra month of fine color with this exciting new introduction! Zones 4-8. read more

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Theres no place like home when this exciting new dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea is waiting in the garden! Developed by the National Arbor...etum from a hybrid of the classic H. Snow Queen and dwarf Pee Wee, it offers astonishing 9-inch inflorescences packed with florets that turn from white to pale pink and finally to rich ruby-red over their long summer season. Large oakleaf-shaped leaves turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in autumn, adding another season of glory to this petite shrub. Highly recommended for year-round appeal. Zones 5-6 in full sun/Zones 7-8 in part shade. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar Name: Hydrangea paniculata SMHPFL. Fire Light? is a new cold-hardy Hydrangea paniculata that di...splays large red and white flower heads in midsummer and blooms reliably regardless of climate. Fire Light? makes an impressive display, reaching up to 6 feet high and wide, boasting 12- to 16-inch blooms held upright on strong red stems that will not droop. This commanding perennial dominates the summer and fall landscape, demanding the attention of all who look upon it. The lush color-shifting blooms are a great focal point for a single accent planting or a striking row. The pinks and whites also beautifully complement Roses and other perennials, making Fire Light? an excellent source of mid-to-late season color in the back of the border. If you do not have a 6 x 6 area available for these Hydrangeas to reach their full majesty, you can train them to a more compact size with moderate pruning. Fire Light? blooms in midsummer, earlier than other paniculatas that delay their blooms until late summer or even early fall, but its flowers remain striking well into cool weather. The blooms arise on new wood, so it is best to prune in late fall or early spring.? Fire Light? is adaptable, working well with most soils, as long as it is well-drained and gets some sun. The enormous pink and white blooms are resolute, appearing reliably each year regardless of climate, pruning, or soil pH! Zones 3 to 8. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. CBRAF. Cultivar name: Abetwo. Your eyes do not deceive you -- the flowers really are more than a foot lo...ng and perfectly round on this stunning new Hydrangea! A new selection of a native species, this is without a doubt the largest-flowered mophead type in the world, its blooms approaching the size of beachballs! Incrediball® arose, like so many great inventions, as an accident -- it was part of a breeding program designed to improve the stem strength of Hydrangea, so that the blooms would stand up rather than flopping. Well, it worked -- but who could have imagined the blooms would emerge so enormous and so packed with florets? It is descended from Hydrangea Annabelle, a beloved favorite for decades, but each of Incrediballs® flowerheads contains 4 TIMES THE NUMBER OF BLOOMS as Annabelles. Its simply amazing. The blooms open a very pale shade of green to cream, maturing to pure white. Like most Hydrangea, they begin blooming when the warm summer weather arrives, and continue all season, often generously extending into fall. Cut the blooms for fresh or dried arrangements; they last for months indoors, their petals acquiring a lovely papery texture. Incrediball® reaches 4 to 5 feet high and wide in sun (in the north) to partial shade (farther south). A moisture lover, it should receive regular watering to grow and bloom its best. You will find it easy to grow, eager to bloom, and breathtaking in the foundation, as a hedge, or in the border. read more

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Plant Patent # 20,998. Cultivar Name: Kompeito. Every aspect of this bigleaf Hydrangea is desirable: the habit is conveniently com...pact, the leaves are large and lush, the lacecap blooms are picoteed and perfectly formed, and last but not least, this low-maintenance plant blooms tirelessly on old and new wood alike for a long, dependable season of color! Hybridized by T. Yamamoto in Japan, this reblooming lacecap hybrid is the kind of cultivar that early hydrangea breeders would have killed to get their hands on. This compact, disciplined variety will astound you with its lush foliage, tireless blooms, and exceptional tolerance of Hydrangeas biggest enemies: cold and mildew! H. macrophylla usually blooms on old wood, developing its buds in fall. These buds require protection through frigid weather if they are to survive and open up in spring. But Star Gazer is the exception to this rule! Blooming on old and new wood alike, Star Gazer is much more forgiving of harsh winters and ill-timed pruning than other Hydrangeas: it simply insists on blooming! Plant Star Gazer in rich soil in a shady, well-drained spot. It will tolerate more sun if the soil is kept sufficiently moist. Hydrangea is famous for its reaction to soil pH: if your soil is acidic, Star Gazer will produces blue picotee blooms, while if your soil is basic the flowers will be pink and white. You can control the color and richness of the blooms by adding lime to make your soil more basic or Soil Acidifier to make it more acidic. 1 Quart Container. Zones 5 to 9. read more

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Discovered in an Anna, Illinois, garden, Annabelle is perhaps the most popular old-fashioned flowering shrub grown in American gar...dens. Once established, it produces enormous, 12-inch, globe-shaped flowerheads of snowy white starting in early summer and increasing in size until mid- to late summer -- truly spectacular! Growing to 4 feet high and wide, it is a splendid landscape plant that never gets out of bounds and complements every other color in the garden beautifully. It thrives in shade, but also tolerates heat and humidity. Very easy to grow once established, it is a lovely source of fresh and dried arrangements as well as a useful border, hedge, foundation, or accent planting. H. arborescens is a native species, far more cold-hardy than most other Hydrangea species. Recently another cultivar has been added to the family: spectacular pink-flowered Invincibelle Spirit. Try them together for a breathtaking pink-and-white hedge, border, or accent planting! Zones 4-9. read more

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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 o...lder 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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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Wims Red Find a special place for this thrilling new Panicle Hydrangea! Fire and Ice chan...ges bloom color every few weeks, creating a season-long play of hue that never ceases to fascinate. This ultra-compact Hydrangea is just right for garden or large container, delighting with long wands of brilliant color. The blooms open cream-colored in early spring, standing out beautifully against the bright green foliage on plants 6 to 10 feet high and wide. By midsummer blushes of pink have overtaken the florets, and soon the entire plume is a rich shade of cotton-candy pink. Then, beginning in late summer and continuing throughout autumn, the flowers acquire a deep, intense shade of magenta-burgundy. Stunning! Best in part shade, Fire and Ice will become the focal point of any setting. Its a good choice for the foundation or along the driveway, where its bloom changes can be followed on a daily basis, but it also works well in border and woodland garden. Truly unique, it deserves a place of honor! Zones 3-8. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Hokomarevo The color changes on a single Revolution shrub are simply incredible! Expect c...ombinations of deep pink, maroon and blue blooms, all with green highlights as the flowers mature. Every color can be present at once on this heavily reblooming shrub, creating an unforgettable look in garden and container! You simply wont believe it as one bloom turns a combination of magenta and true blue, while another blazes fuchsia-pink! Its as if all the colors and combinations possible in the Hydrangea family have come together in a single shrub! Revolution is super heavy-blooming as well, with a generous encore in autumn. If you live in an area where late frosts and dropping temperatures have nipped your Hydrangea blooms in the bud, youll be assured of at least one season of color every year! And elsewhere, you get a fall wash of color to complement the long early-season bloom. Everlasting? is a Dutch series, and it was originally bred for the cut-flower market, so the emphasis is entirely on the blooms. The flower stems are stronger and straighter than those of many other Hydrangeas, ensuring that the blooms wont flop or twist. The flowers are ultra long-lasting and quite large, especially when seen on the plant, which is just 3 to 4 feet high and wide. Give this mophead consistently moist soil and a bit of shade in every climate except the most northern. Do not allow it to dry out completely, but make sure the soil drainage is good. Revolution grows quickly and easily, its large, toothy leaves keeping the shrub handsome even when it isnt blooming. This may just become your favorite Hydrangea of all time! Zones 5-9. read more

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If youre already a lover of Hydrangeas, this gorgeous variety is a must-have. If youre new to gardening, you might as well start w...ith an easy-to-grow shrub with blooms that will absolutely blow you away! From late spring or early summer through fall, youll be dazzled by wide bloom heads filled with petals of lime green accented with deep pink. You truly do have to see these flowers to believe them! Extremely eye-catching and unique, this member of the Next Generation series of Hydrangeas looks simply amazing anywhere you place it. Plant one as a focal point in your partly shaded garden or place a few in containers around your patio for a display that will have the entire neighborhood talking! Zones 5-9. read more

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