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Hydrangeas, a Garden Favorite
In containers or in the ground, few other plants give gardeners the same bang for their buck as the hydrangea. Lacecap, oak leaf, and large leafed hydrangeas bring diverse texture and form to the summer landscape. Gardeners who crave colors from the cool side of the wheel, including pink, purple, white, and blue, will delight in the mix of hydrangea hues that are available, sometimes even on a single shrub. Get out your garden journal, and make note of these fourteen stellar hydrangea types.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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If sometimes plant breeders are guilty of hyperbole in their plant name selections, this is not the case with 'Incrediball.' In spite of the huge, densely packed 12-inch flowers the shrub produces in abundance, the flowers on this white hydrangea won't flop in the mud thanks to sturdy stems. One potted plant will make a gorgeous anchor in your summer border, or you can plant several for a showy hedge.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Nikko Blue HydrangeaContinue to 4 of 15 below.
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Green flowers are the little black dresses of the gardening world: they flatter all situations. The chartreuse flowers of 'Limelight' hydrangeas age to a mellow pink as the season progresses. Plants bloom on new wood, making this a very hardy selection in cold areas. This fast grower can reach a height of ten feet, so in smaller spaces look for its dwarf cousin 'Little Lime.'Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Cityline Mars Hydrangea
A picotee petal adds a little bling to your hydrangea collection. The dwarf plant maxes out at two to three feet in size, making it the perfect addition to your patio garden. Like other Hydrangea macrophylla varieties, soil pH affects bloom color. 'Cityline Mars' shrubs may even sport multiple colors on the same bush the season following installation as the plants adjust to your unique soil chemistry.
The specimen pictured is situated in a garden with a neutral pH results in a purple... shade, hovering just between blue and pink. Maintaining such a narrow pH range is easier to do with container culture than in the ground.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Zinfin Doll Hydrangea
The strawberries and cream coloration of 'Zinfin Doll' hydrangea won't fade in full sun. This six-foot shrub is hardy to zone 3, attracting butterflies all summer long. Although classified as a panicle hydrangea, the full blooms of 'Zinfin Doll' are lush like those of a mophead hydrangea. No special pH alterations are necessary to achieve the color change from white to pink; it occurs naturally as a consequence of aging.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Anyone who inherits a climbing hydrangea specimen as grand as this should consider himself lucky indeed, as Hydrangea petiolaris is notoriously slow to get growing. However, once this self-clinging vine gets established, it may climb and sprawl 40 feet or more onto fences, structures, and trees. For added interest, look for the variegated climbing hydrangea 'Miranda,' which features creamy yellow leaf margins in addition to 10-inch flower heads.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Gatsby Pink Hydrangea
Gardeners who cherish North American native plants shouldn't miss the showy oakleaf hydrangea 'Gatsby Pink.' A season-long spectacle of color, flowers start white and change to pink, then foliage joins the display with a brilliant red autumn showing. Because the plants bloom on old wood, panicle hydrangeas like 'Gatsby Pink' require a garden in zone 5 or warmer to prevent winter damage that affects future growth.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Hydrangeas in the Endless Summer series defy harsh winters by blooming on both new and old wood. 'BloomStruck' is the fourth introduction in the series, sporting deep purple or rose blossoms on four-foot plants. Confused about the effect soil pH has on bloom color? Look for the Color Me Pink or Color Me Blue garden lime and sulphur kits to take the guesswork out of your hydrangea flower color.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Blue Deckle Hydrangea
Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Deckle' is a dwarf lacecap type that will thrive in the dappled sunlight of tall deciduous trees in zone 6 and warmer gardens. This late blooming type that peaks in July and August has more in store for you when autumn arrives, as the brilliant red and purple leaves that follow blooming rival any fall foliage display sought by leaf peepers.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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If you're garden is saturated with blue and pink, maybe it's time to spice up the landscape with a little red shrub like 'Eldorado' hydrangea. This medium-sized mop head hydrangea blooms in the fall in acidic or neutral soil.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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You and Me Together Hydrangea
What's so special about 'You and Me Together?' A double-flowered form that gives you a much more dense flower head than your typical macrophylla varieties. Pair with others in the You and Me series for a rich floral display.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Madame Emile Mouillere Hydrangea
Mme Mouillere is more than just a very hardy and reliable little mophead hydrangea for gardeners in zones 5-10. Although blooms appear white, they fade to a pale, ethereal blue or dusky pink as the summer progresses. Look for a tinge of blue or pink in the blooms' eye to get a preview of the color progression.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Miss Saori Hydrangea
'Miss Saori' made her debut at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show, where it was declared the Chelsea Plant of the Year. The sterile flowers appear in June, followed by burgundy fall foliage. Creamy double flowers have picotee rose margins, contributing texture and color to the garden not found in any other hydrangea. The three-foot plants are compact and controlled in their growth, making them an ideal specimen plant for the middle of the flower border.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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'Unique' is a particularly hardy panicle hydrangea that adapts well to training as a tree form. Remove all lower branches to form a central leader, which becomes the trunk of the tree. Plants flower on new wood, and grow up to ten feet tall.