Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer and fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large, petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.
Native from New York to Iowa, south to Florida and Louisiana. Upright, dense growth to 10 ft. tall and wide. Oval, grayish green, 4–8-in. leaves; white flowers. Prune in late dormant season. In the basic species, most flowers in a cluster are fertile; the few sterile ones are not plentiful enough for a full lacecap effect. Much showier is ‘Annabelle’, which produces enormous (to 1 ft.) globular clusters of sterile flowers over a long season on a plant about 4 ft. tall and wide. ‘Incrediball’ is similar, but the stems are stronger, so the flowers don’t flop. ‘Bella Anna’ and ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ are pink-flowering versions of ‘Annabelle’. ‘White Dome’ grows to about 5 ft. tall and wide, with sturdy stems holding white, dome-shaped flower clusters to 10 in. across; a few sterile flowers surround the tightly packed fertile ones.
Biennial or short-lived perennial. Variable, appearing in many garden forms. Bold, erect growth to 4 f...
Native from New York to Iowa, south to Florida and Louisiana. Upright, dense growth to 10 ft. tall and...
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