• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasThis gorgeous hydrangea is the perfect foundation shrub for older homesites under canopies of old shade trees. Makes a beautiful seasonal accent for back of the border. Use for interest in outdoor living spaces with close up flower appreciation. Adapts beautifully to sheltering tree groves and fence lines. Perfect for large pots on porch, patio or terrace.
    Companion PlantsCombine this beauty with other lovers of shaded conditions such as Magnoliaeflora Camellia, (Camellia japonica "Magnoliaeflora'), Dwarf Purple Rhododendron, (Rhododendron impeditum), European Ostrich Fern, (Matteuccia struthiopteris). It would be stellar with Black Tulip Magnolia, (Magnolia x soulangiana 'JURmag1') and Vaughn's Lillie Oak Leaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Vaughn's Lillie')
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before spring growth. Prune to shape after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Hydrangea macrophyllaoriginates in Japan although it is believed that the first plants introduced to the west came from specimens collected in China. The species was named by Nicolas Charles Seringe of France but was simultaneously classified as hortensis in Britain and opuloides in Germany. This is probably due to the great variation in flowers, both mophead and lacecap forms. The genus contains upwards of 80 species and all but two are native to Asia. 'Ayesha' is a unique cultivar with spatulate petals that originated in Japan.
    Lore:
    Bigleaf hydrangeas feature two flower styles known as mophead and lacecap. Mophead florets are composed of entirely sterile florets. With lacecaps only the small inconspicuous flowers at the center of the ring of sterile florets are fertile.