From early summer through early fall, with prolific flowers and a background of lush green foliage, there is no shrub in the garden that draws your attention quite like an Endless Summer Hydrangea. With four varieties, that each have a unique quality, no garden is complete without at least one member of this magnificent collection.
It’s tough to beat the original, and that applies to Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ballmer,’ or The Original Endless Summer Hydrangea as well. Featuring ball-shaped clusters of pink or blue flowers, The Original was the first hydrangea discovered that blooms on both old and new wood, setting the standard for the Endless Summer collection.
Featuring big round balls of blooms that start out pure white in color before maturing into a blush pink or pale blue, depending on the pH of your soil, the soft colors of Blushing Bride add a touch of elegance to the garden.
The first re-blooming lacecap hydrangea, Twish-n-Shout features gorgeous deep pink or periwinkle blue flowers, depending on the soil pH. As if the picturesque flowers didn’t add enough beauty, this hydrangea also features vibrant red stems adding another point of interest in the landscape.
The newest addition to the Endless Summer collection, BloomStruck features clusters of rose-pink or purple blooms, depending on the soil pH, and magnificent red-purple stems. Its dark green foliage also features stunning red petioles and red veins, making it stand out even more in the landscape.
The pH level of your soil is the key to keeping Endless Summer Hydrangeas either pink or blue, depending on your preference. If you prefer pink, simply add lime to your soil to keep it at a neutral or alkaline level. If that rich blue is what you’re looking for, then add sulfur to the soil to lower the pH level and keep your soil acidic.
Regardless of variety preference, it’s important to plant endless summer hydrangeas in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, and in an area that gets full sun in the morning and partial sun in the afternoon.
Generally speaking, these deciduous shrubs will only reach a height and spread of 3 – 6 ft. at maturity and require very little pruning. If however, you do need to prune out weak or damaged stems, the best time to do so is in the fall, right after the plant is done flowering, or in early spring before it begins to flower.
Want to learn more about the Endless Summer collection? Check out the Endless Summer Collection website to get more information on care, design ideas and variety specifics. Don’t forget, our knowledgeable nursery staff is more than willing to help you pick out the perfect hydrangea and answer any questions you may have.