Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing, 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Repeat Blooming
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer through fall
Botanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-la
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing, 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Summer through fall
Flower color:Blue
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Design IdeasPenny Mac is the perfect shrub for the lazy gardener, deserving a spot front and center of the landscape where it will provide fabulous summer-long color with little care. Plant in dappled shade with other acid loving plants. Great for borders, foundation plantings and in mass. Place at the edge of a woodland area with low growing perennials planted in the foreground. A beautiful addition to an Asian garden or container planting. If desired, let the old stems with flowers tie over until the next spring to support new growth and prolific flowering without staking.
Companion PlantsPlant with white and blue blooming Pieris, Camellia, Astilbe, Clematis and Lilyturf for a moonlight garden effect or brighten a woodland setting and offset the beautiful blue blooms with yellow tinted Potentilla, Coral Bells, and Oregon Grape Holly.
Care Information
Provide well-drained, humus rich, acidic soil. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Soil and water pH influences flower color. Consult a nursery professional for amendments suitable for your area.Pruning time: summer after flowering. blooms on new wood..
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
Macrophyllas are the most widely planted of the 80 species of genus Hydrangea. It originated in Japan, although it is believed that plants first introduced to the west were gathered in China. The species was named by Nicolas Seringe of France, but was also known by Viburnum and a more generalized Hydrangea hortensis due to the variations between lacecap and mophead flower types. Penny Mac was first introduced by Mrs. Penny McHenry of Atlanta, Georgia, founder of the American Hydrangea Society. She received the original plant as a gift in 1975 and in 2000 gave specimens to Dr. Michael A. Dirr at the University of Georgia, Dept. of Horticulture. He in turn , brought this cultivar to the attention of the home gardener.