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4 New Hydrangeas Just in Time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019 8:26:42 AM

Written by

McKay Staff

in Plants & Flowers



1. BloomStruck Hydrangea


As part of the Endless Summer family of re-blooming hydrangeas, BloomStruck is a must for every hydrangea lover. This bigleaf hydrangea carries its large purple and rose-pink flowers on gorgeous, sturdy purple-red stems. The multicolored blooms average between 3.5 and 5 inches across, and they keep the show going all summer long. Red veins on the dark green leaves add to the colorful parade. Disease-resistant and heat-tolerant, BloomStruck grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide and prefers partial shade. Like Endless Summer, BloomStruck blooms on old and new wood, so you get double the flowers and fun. 


2. Fire Light Hydrangea


This stunning panicle hydrangea was named Hydrangea of the Year for 2019. Once you see it, you’ll understand why. The large pyramidal flower heads emerge as a sweet creamy white. But as summer comes, they shift to pink-red and then deep raspberry-red. This extremely hardy shrub blooms on new wood, so even with some dieback in extreme winters, you can count on plenty of outstanding blooms. Fire Light grows 5 to 6 feet tall and wide in our Wisconsin climate, but larger in warmer zones. The long-lasting blooms make superb cut flowers, fresh and dried. For the most spectacular blooms in northern climates, give this one full sun.


3. Incrediball Hydrangea


If you have a soft spot for classic smooth hydrangeas like Annabelle, you’ll really love Incrediball. But even if you’ve never seen a smooth hydrangea, this shrub will sweep you off your feet. Fortunately, Incrediball has very strong, sturdy stems — the enormous midsummer “snowball” blooms can measure up to 12 inches across. The flowers open green, then mature to white. At season’s end, they fade to a stylish, trendy green that holds through frost. Incrediball grows 4 to 5 feet wide and tall, and it blooms on new wood. For the biggest blooms, give this one at least six hours of daily sun.


4. Invincibelle Wee White Hydrangea


Know someone with limited space? Maybe you? Consider Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea the present you’ve been waiting for. It’s the very first dwarf smooth hydrangea, with all the beauty and benefits of its bigger relatives. Flowers emerge on sturdy new stems in early summer in shades of soft, blush-pink. Then they change to white, but new blooms arrive all summer long, right through frost. You get all this on a plant that gets just 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 1.5 feet wide. For the strongest stems and biggest blooms, plant Invincibelle Wee White where it’ll get cool, moist soil and at least six hours of sun in northern gardens.  


Now is an ideal time to perk up your landscape and set the stage for a summer of prolific hydrangea blooms. Shop our plants online for home delivery anywhere in the continental United States. If you’re in the neighborhood, in-store pickup or local truck delivery work, too. In the Madison area, don’t miss a visit to Winterland Nursery, our retail garden center in the south metro area. You’ll be glad you stopped in, and so will we!

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