One of the most attractive
summer-blooming shrubs is hydrangea. There are many different types
in the genus hydrangea each with a long bloom period from early
summer to autumn. Click on the plant's name to order it
from Pernell Gerver's Online Store.
Bigleaf hydrangea is one of the
showiest types of hydrangea. It has large, rounded clusters of blue
flowers that appear at the tips of its stems. Bigleaf hydrangea grows
three to six feet tall or more with a spread at least as wide if not
wider. Its flowers last for four weeks or more and often change color
as they mature.
of the most prolific and reliable varieties of bigleaf hydrangea is 'All
Summer Beauty.' It bears large, blue mophead flowers that
are in bloom over a very long season. Unlike other blue-flowered
varieties of hydrangea, this particular variety blooms reliably each
year because it bears flowers on new wood. It's the only blue
hydrangea that blooms reliably here in westen Massachusetts. It grows
four feet high and wide.
The variety 'Alpengluhen' bears
rounded, brilliant-red flowers that is quite a unique color for a
hydrangea. Its crimson-red flowers are that color
regardless of soil pH. The large, mophead flowers stand atop glossy, dark-green
leaves and are very eye catching. It's a compact variety, growing
just three to four feet high and wide.
Billow' is a lacecap type of hydrangea. The flat flowers
have an outer row of sterile, showy blue (or pink depending on pH)
flowers that surrounds a central cluster of fertile flowers. The
outer petals are separated from the center by long stems. It grows
three to four feet tall and wide.
'Annabelle' bears large, rounded globes of flowers that are
very showy. In bloom in my garden right now, the flower clusters can
be up to a foot wide and are uniformly shaped. The creamy-white
flowers appear at the tips of the branches, nearly covering the plant
when in bloom. When in full bloom, the weight of the flowers pulls
the branches downward, creating an attractive arching shape. The
flowers are very long lasting, remaining attractive for up to two
months. Its large leaves are dark green. It's a compact variety
that's good for a flower bed, growing only about three feet tall. It
grows and blooms well in shade to sun.