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Hydrangea: 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... varieties.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 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 Hydrangea
Keep your soil on the acidic side if you want to achieve the bluest blooms possible from your 'Nikko' hydrangea bush. This mophead variety blooms earlier than most, usually beginning in June, and endures for two months. Provide winter protection in zone 5, as flowers are produced on old wood.Continue to 4 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.Continue to 5 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.Continue to 6 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.Continue to 7 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 9 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 10 of 15 below.
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El Dorado Hydrangea
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 'El Dorado' hydrangea. This medium-sized mop head hydrangea blooms in the fall in acidic or neutral soil.Continue to 11 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 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.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. Plants flower on new wood, and grow up to ten feet tall.