From Heritage’s Horticulture Interns:
It’s Hydrangea blooming season right now! With our new North American Hydrangea Test Garden, you have the opportunity to see just-released varieties of Hydrangeas cultivars, and see how they perform for cold-hardiness and blooms in our climate. This is year one of a five year plan, so each year will bring another expansion to this spectacular garden.
Hydrangea paniculata Limelight is blooming this week. It’s an exciting, hardy hydrangea from Holland. It has beautiful green showy flowers, which have unique chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that change to pink in the fall. They can grow up to 6 – 8 ft. tall and wide, and are beautiful in masses, as a hedge or screen, or even grown in containers. They also make lovely cut flowers.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hokomarevo’ Everlasting™ Revolution is a small scale, reblooming Hydrangea that offers a summer long kaleidoscope of changing color. This Dutch series was originally bred for the cut flower market, and the sturdy stems ensure that these hydrangeas won’t twist or droop. Everlasting™ Revolution blooms in every hydrangea color imaginable, from maroon to pink to deep blue, all with green highlights. The large flowers appear in late spring and again in early fall amid toothy, medium-green leaves. It can reach to 2 -3 ft high and wide.
Strawberry Sundae, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Rensun’ has showy white maturing to strawberry red blooms. It can be trained into a small single trunk tree. It displays its best shrub form if regularly pruned to a height of 6-10’ tall. This is one of the most winter hardy of the hydrangeas, and thrives in urban conditions. Bloom occurs on the current season’s growth, so prune as needed in late winter to early spring, and don’t worry about winter freezes!
Hydrangea Macrophylla Let’s Dance™Diva has blue or pink lacecap blooms that are as big as dinner plates, and each set of petals is the size of the palm of your hand. Like others in the Let’s Dance® series, flowers form on the current year’s growth as well as on old wood, so you’re assured a show of spectacular blooms every year.
Don’t miss this opportunity to check out The North American Hydrangea Test Garden, and I hope that you enjoy your adventures at Heritage Museums & Gardens!
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.