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7 Colorful Hydrangea Shrubs for a Low Maintenance Fall

Aug 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Written by

McKay Staff

in Landscaping Tips Plants

 

 Hydrangea shrubs survive in many soil conditions and are hardy, which is good for colder climates. They will maintain beautiful color with minimal spring pruning, and can be planted all season and into the fall! Hydrangea shrubs will give you stunning fall color with little maintenance, making them a customer favorite. Here are some of our top picks for fall color.

  

 


 

 

Cherry Explosion

 

 We're proud of our McKay Nursery exclusive plant, the Cherry Explosion Hydrangea! A new selection of a very hardy macrophylla type of Hydrangea with cherry red florets arranged in a circle with a profusion of tiny star like light pink flowers in the center of this gorgeous bloom. A beautiful, rounded selection with flowers all around top to bottom. This new Hydrangea is working well in a wide range of conditions. The fall color of the foliage is burgundy when the cool weather comes on long and slow. Cherry Explosion likes protection from the hot afternoon sun. When grown in acid soils, the flower color is lavender. When this plant dies back over winter, it rebounds beautifully with each stem flowering beautifully on new wood. Mature growth is 3-4' high and wide, and a bit larger in warmer climates where it does not die back in the winter. Best to be planted in zones 4-9.

 

Cherry Explosion quick facts:

Color: Green, Pink, Purple, Red
Plant Size: 3' – 4'
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Growing Zones:  4 – 9
 

 

 


 

 

Endless Summer

 

 The Endless Summer Hydrangea has beautiful pink (or blue flowers in acidic soils) all summer long making this Bailey Nursery introduction a hot item. Flowers are produced on both old wood and new wood. The blooms are up to 8" across. Removal of old flowers will encourage new blooms. A warm season plant, not coming out of dormancy until late. Overwinter like you would a rose bush by mounding up mulch over the stems later in November, once the plants have gone very dormant. In spring, pull the mulch back and trim back any winter-damage leaving good, viable wood. East exposure is best, in a rich, well-drained and cool soil. Water frequently when establishing these plants and during drought periods once established. Great for the shrub or perennial border. Grows to be 2-3' high.

 

Endless Summer quick facts:

Color: Blue, Green, Pink
Plant Size: 2' – 3' tall
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Acidic
Growing Zones:  4 – 9
 

 

 


 

 

Quick Fire

 

Quick Fire® Hydrangea is a great new selection of Hydrangea for the upper Midwest. White, cone-shaped blooms will emerge about a month earlier than other Hydrangeas and will literally cover the plant with 8-12" blooms in later May and early June. The real show begins as these blooms change color to a fine, dark pink and serve as a second season of bloom for the rest of the summer. Mature growth is around 6-8' tall and wide.

 

Quick Fire quick facts:

Color: Green, Pink, White
Plant Size: 6 – 8'
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones:  3 – 8
 

 

 


 

 

Snowhill

 

Our Snowhill hydrangea is a large, creamy white flower. It's quite large growing to around 8" across. This hydrangea shrub likes a heavier soil. This is resistant to Japanese beetles. Be sure to prune to a few inches above ground each spring. This plant matures to around 4-5' tall.

 

Snowhill quick facts:

Color: Green, White
Plant Size: 6' – 8' tall
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones:  4 – 8
 

 

 


 

 

Little Quick Fire

 

Photo Credit: Proven Winners

 A dwarf form of 'Limelight' Hydrangea. Fresh, lime green flowers commence the summertime bloom extravaganza in the Little Quick Fire Hydrangea. These flowers will change to white and then age to a nice pink into fall. These fall blooms work well in dried flower arrangements. This fine little plant only gets 3-5' tall and wide. Works excellently from the sunnier parts of your garden. Plant this as a single specimen or in gorgeous mass. This plant can also be planted in containers as well. An excellent plant that will fit into any garden. Best is planted in zone 3.

 

Little Quick Fire quick facts:

Color: Green, Pink, Red, White
Plant Size: 3' – 5'
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones:  3 – 8
 

 

 


 

 

Little Lime

 

Photo Credit: Proven Winners

 A dwarf form of 'Limelight' Hydrangea. Fresh, lime green flowers commence the summertime bloom extravaganza of our Little Lime Hydrangea shrub. These flowers will change to white and then age to a nice pink into fall. These fall blooms work well in dried flower arrangements (Blooms July-September). This fine little plant only gets 3-5' tall and wide. This shrub works excellently from the sunnier parts of your garden into partial shade and as a single specimen or in gorgeous mass. Most woody Hydrangea bloom on new wood only so prune no later than early spring. You don't want to take a chance on cutting off any flower buds! An excellent plant that will fit into any garden.

 

Little Lime quick facts:

Color: Green, Pink, Red, White
Plant Size: 3' – 5'
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones:  3 – 8
 

 

 


 

 

Vanilla Strawberry

 

 Our Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea has large flower panicles and are spectacular as they start out creamy white, turn pink, then strawberry red and finally burgundy over a 3-4 week period. These new flowers continue opening into late summer, creating a multi-colored display. This shrub has an upright habit with red stems that contrast nicely against the green foliage. This shrub grows to be around 6-7' tall x 4-5' wide.

 

Vanilla Strawberry quick facts:

Color: Green, Pink, Red, White
Plant Size: 6 – 7' tall x 4 – 5' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones:  4 – 8
 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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