Posts Tagged ‘Hydrangea’

I am not a big fan of the cold winters here in Michigan, but the fun things you can do with dormant shrubs makes it some better.  When all my summer annuals and fall mums need to go away, that leaves me with the opportunity to refill my planters for winter. Obviously plants are not going to work for me in Michigan so I have to think outside the box. I start to look at my shrubs and perennials and see what can be used in containers. For this combination  I choose to use Red Twig Dogwood – Arctic Fire™ Cornus, the dried flowers of Hydrangea ‘LimeLight’, and branches off my Christmas Tree. I arranged them in a planter and added a few red lights to highlight the red twigs at night. I am really impressed by the intensity that the Red Twig Dogwood gives, the color is so bold and really stands out against the white trim of my house. I can not wait ( I say this lightly) for the snow, the contrast will be stunning.

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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’

Hydrangea 'Little Honey'

(Oakleaf Hydrangea) Hydrangea ‘Little Honey‘ a dwarf oak leaf hydrangea has bright gold foliage the is set apart by its deep reddish- brown stems. All summer long ‘Little Honey’ has gold foliage, then in the fall turns bright scarlet.  The 6″ white flower heads mingle among the gold foliage. For best color protect from afternoon sun.

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Green is popping up everywhere. Hydrangeas are just starting to wake up as their foliage appears. Soon there will be a sea of pinks, purples, and whites everywhere. I can’t wait!! A reminder for those of you who don’t like the ‘ugly sticks’ sticking up in the garden once everything else starts to look nice. Do NOT cut back the sticks as in most cases that is where your summer blooms are going to come from.

Planting & Maintenance: Hydrangea are easy to grow and require only a few routine maintenance activities. When planting, the top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Water them thoroughly after transplanting.

Most varieties form their flower buds in the late summer for the following year. They should only be pruned when the flower heads begin to fade, otherwise you’ll risk removing next year’s flowers. When pruning, remove spent flower heads and prune back other shoots to encourage branching and fullness.

Although the coloration of the flowers is influenced by the soil pH, it is actually the presence or absence of aluminum that affects flower coloration. If aluminum is present within the plant, the blooms will be blue and if it is absent, the flowers will appear pink. The pH influences the availability of aluminum for uptake by the plant. When the soil is acidic (pH around 5.5) aluminum is generally more available to the plant and blue flowers result. Conversely, when the soil is alkaline (pH near 7.0), the availability of aluminum is decreased which leads to the formation of pink flowers.

If blue flowers are desired, it may be advantageous to apply drenches of aluminum sulfate (one tablespoon per one gallon water) around the plant in the early spring. Avoid getting the solution on the leaves because foliar damage may result. If pink flowers are desired on Hydrangeas planted in acidic soils, it will be necessary to increase the pH by drenching the soil with hydrated lime (one tablespoon per on gallon water) in the early spring.

The application of 3 to 5 inches of organic mulches will help retain moisture and decrease the occurrence weeds throughout the growing season. Hydrangeas grow best if they are fertilized regularly. Regular additions of organic matter, such as organic mulches, will often suffice. Otherwise, a slow release, balanced fertilizer applied once or twice per year (in the late spring and mid-summer) will provide adequate nutrition.

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Incrediball™ Hydrangea

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This past  Summer I was finally able to see what a mature Incrediball™ Hydrangea looked like and how it performed in the garden. It truly is an incredible shrub! The blooms were just as large as they are described and the plant was just loaded with buds and blooms. Now that the plant is mature it is able to hold its own. When the plant is young and immature the blooms can be a bit much for the weak stems. If you have noticed this problem, give your plant another season and you will be pleasantly surprised how one additional year of growth really helps make Incrediball™ Hydrangea more sturdy.-Heidi

(Smooth Hydrangea) IncrediballHydrangea is a new and improved Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ from Spring Meadow Nursery and will amaze everyone with its colossal blooms.  Incrediball has strong, hefty stems that won’t droop and large dark green leaves. The blooms emerge a lime green, change to white, then turn green as they age and are striking in both fresh and dried arrangements. A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub.

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Big Leaf Hydrangea

Big Leaf Hydrangeas give off a great show not only in the Summer but in their fall foliage color also.

Big Leaf Fall Foliage Color

Big Leaf Hydrangea Fall Foliage Color

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