When I first started gardening I didn’t care for hydrangeas, but the only varieties I was aware of were the old fashioned mopheads that grew in our grandmothers’ gardens. I just didn’t think they were that interesting as a garden plant. However in the past few years I’ve added several hydrangeas to my gardens such as Hydrangea Paniculata “Limelight” (photo on the left) which I posted about earlier this month and my new addition this year is Forever & Ever Hydrangea “Red” which has it’s first bloom. I was so excited when I saw it was starting to open yesterday. It doesn’t quite look red to me yet, but at least it isn’t blue. My other two hydrangeas one which is a lacecap (name unknown) and the other is “Nikko Blue” which is a mophead are blue. The lacecap as I recall was pink when I purchased it from the garden center several years ago, but the second year it bloomed blue. So anyhow, I was curious to see if this would be a pinkish shade. And as you can in the picture to the right it is a deep pink on the outer sepals. Then I made my venture to the Botanical Gardens on Monday and entered Hydrangea Heaven. They had an entire area devoted to dozens of different species and colors of hydrangeas. I fell in love at first sight with several varieties that I would love to have in my own garden in the future. So here are two hydrangeas that I just have to add to my wishlist for next year:
Another oakleaf variety I was fond of was “Snowflake”. This variety is unique because it has multiple florets or double blooms. This will bloom much longer than the single bloom varieties of oakleaf hydrangea. Now you have to admit this bloom is spectacular. A big plus to the oakleafs are they can withstand more sun and prefer a drier soil than the mopheads and lacecaps. They are also native to the United States which means they will adapt well in my zone 7 garden hopefully. It grows 5-8′ tall and wide and blooms June-July on old wood.