Red 'N Pretty® Hydrangea
Red 'N Pretty® Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monred'Item #4198 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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A superb flowering shrub to use as a showy accent or specimen, or for perennial borders in semi-shaded areas. Desired for its abundance of splendid, vibrant red-violet, large mophead flower clusters and handsome, glossy green foliage on a boldly branched, mounded form. Excellent flowers for cutting. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-laDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory: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.