• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-la
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    Design IdeasCompact hydrangeas are perfect for high profile front yard foundation planting to add summer color to shaded exposures. Plant in problem acidic soils beneath canopies of great old shade or street trees and around groves of evergreens. An elegant beauty in mixed borders and behind larger perennials along fences or walls. Bright flowers call attention to an entry or focal point. Particularly appealing at outdoor living spaces under filtered shade arbors, or plant in narrow sideyards to bring flowers for viewing at window level. A vital component of a florist's or crafter's garden when massed to provide plentiful cutting materials.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Holly (Ilex); Hosta (Hosta); Camellia (Camellia); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil that is moist but not soggy. Apply mulch to conserve moisture and protect in harsh winters. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed in early spring. Blooms on old wood; prune 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 shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is the most widely planted of the 80 species of genus Hydrangea. It originates 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. This cultivar was developed and introduced by Monrovia. Big trusses of mophead hydrangea blossoms are popular cut flowers to dry and use in arrangements. Flowers are so coveted they are actually stolen out of front yards in many cities.

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