The Perfect Mother’s Day Offering: Give Mom an Endless Summer Hydrangea, for Blooms All Summer Long
Hydrangeas are deciduous, woody shrubs, popular for their big summer blooms. Endless Summer Hydrangeas are Cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla. Macrophylla is latin for ‘big leaf’. These tend to be species that grow quite large to 7′ tall and 8′ wide. At this size they’re ideal for foundation planting, they also work well in mixed shady borders. Sometimes they are called ‘mop heads’ for their big, broad inflorescence.
The Endless Summer Hydrangeas are more cold hardy, smaller and more compact with denser growth than their original species. This means they need less pruning and are more versatile in the garden. The smaller varieties can be used to line a shady pathway. They are also useful to plant in pots, combined with trailing plants, for some summer color on the patio or shady porch. Endless Summer Hydrangeas have a long bloom period, particularly in warmer areas. Deadheading throughout the Summer months will also increase their number of blooms. Their ideal conditions are morning sun (for around 4 hours) and afternoon shade.
‘The Original’ Endless Summer Hydrangea
‘The Original’ Endless Summer Hydrangea gained its name from being the first Hydrangea discovered to develop blooms on both last year’s wood and on this year’s new growth. The flower can be pink or blue, depending upon the soil pH, contrasting beautifully with their bright green leaves. They grow to around 3-5′ tall and wide, a great size for smaller gardens, where they work well as foundation plants, in woodland gardens and in planters. In the Fall the leaves turn a beautiful red. Good disease resistance. USDA Zones 4-9.
This cultivar usually has attractive indigo colored blooms, that can also be a rose-pink hue, depending upon soil pH. Their attractive dark green leaves contrast with their festive crimson stems and leaf petioles. ‘Bloomstruck’ has strong stems, and has a high heat tolerance, as long as it is planted with some afternoon shade. It has also been found to be resistant to powdery mildew, which can thrive in shady areas with poor air circulation. ‘Bloomstruck’ grows 3-4′ high by 4-5′ wide. USDA Zones 4-9.
Hydrangea ‘Summer Crush’
‘Summer Crush’ has rich, bright pink blooms (or sometimes purple, depending upon the pH of your soil), which are highlighted by its bright, green leaves. This Cultivar is the smallest of the Endless Summer Collection that we have for sale, it grows 18″-36″ high and wide. Even though it’s small, it still packs a punch, and will light up your afternoon shade. Ideally, it would like some morning sun. Perfect for planters. USDA Zones 4-9.
How to Care for Hydrangeas
- Acidic Soil Conditions-similar to Camellias and Azaleas
- Rich Moist Soil-dig in soil amendment when planting
- Afternoon Shade and Morning Sun
- Regular Water-once a week, more in the heat & to establish
- Acidic Fertilizer
Pick Up Greenall True Blue, if you want to change your flower color from Pink to Blue!