Hydrangeas and are widely acclaimed for their large, showy blossoms that lend fabulous color to gardens from mid- to late summer. Their luxuriant dark green foliage offers a striking background to their large round or smooth blossoms. All hydrangeas are deciduous, and it’s a sure sign of spring when their tender green leaves begin to appear. Hydrangeas are spectacular when grown as single specimens and are equally fabulous when planted in mixed shrub borders. Some of our favorites…
- Climbing Hydrangea – An excellent deciduous vine with glossy leaves and cinnamon colored exfoliating stems. White flowers bloom in early July. Easily climbs on masonry, reaching 10-20’ tall.
- Oakleaf Hydrangea – An upright, irregular shrub that grows 4-6’ tall. Large leaves have excellent fall color. Creamy white flowers in July. Tolerates shade well.
- Bigleaf (macrophylla) Hydrangea – Blue or pink flower clusters (5-10” across) appear in August. Flower color depends on the pH of the soil. Acid soils produce blue flowers, whereas alkaline soils produce pink blossoms. In garden settings, their colors can be changed by adding either sulfur or lime, depending on the color you want to achieve. Blossoms are produced on last year’s growth, so prune just after blooming.
- Pee Gee Hydrangea – A small, low-branched tree that grows 10-15’ and arches under the weight of large flower clusters. White flowers bloom in July, turning pink and then brown with the first frost, holding on through winter. Flowers appear on previous year’s growth, so prune right after flowers start to turn pink.
Mopheads and Lacecaps – Which is Which?
Before you get the urge to dash out and buy the first hydrangeas that catch your eye, it’s wise to learn the difference between “mopheads” and “lacecaps.” As peculiar as these names sound, they truly are the names designated to two cultivar groups of macrophylla hydrangeas, and understanding the difference between them can help you choose the flowers you prefer.
- Mopheads Garden hydrangeas, also known as ‘mopheads,’ feature large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms and bloom from mid- to late summer. Mopheads bloom in solid masses, their clusters often so heavy that they cause their stems to droop and bend with elegant arches.
- Lacecaps Lacecap hydrangeas bear flat round flowerheads with centers of fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of sterile flowers. The fascinating flowerheads of lacecap hydrangeas are also somewhat reminiscent of pinwheels.
You will be delighted with the versatility of these lovely shrubs, so relax and enjoy their beauty!
Stop by during our Hydrangea Fest, July 8 – 21, to enjoy 25% OFF all hydrangeas!
Varieties In Stock (while supplies last):
Hydrangea arborescens –
- Haas Halo
- Invincible Mini Mauve
- Invincible Ruby
- Invincible Spirit
- Invincible White
Hydrangea paniculata –
- Angel’s Blush
- Berry White
- Candy Apple
- Lava Lamp Flare
- Little Lime
- Little Quick Fire
- Magical Candle
- Magical Flame
- Pee Gee
- Pink Diamond
- Pinky Winky
- Strawberry Sundae
- Zinfin Doll
Hydrangea macrophylla –
- All Summer Beauty
- Blushing Bride
- Cardinal Red
- Cityline Paris
- Endless Summer
- Endless Summer Crush
- Endless Summer Twist and Shout
- Everlasting Amethyst
- Everlasting Garnet
- Forever & Ever
- Lemon Daddy
- Let’s Dance Blue Jangles
- Nikko Blue
- Teller Red
- Tiny Tuff Stuff
- Tuff Stuff Red
Hydrangea quercifolia –
- Gatsby’s Star
- Jet Stream
- Ruby Slippers
Hydrangea serrata –
- Cape May
40% OFF all Crabapples!
Crabapple trees in flower are a sight to behold. They are the showstopper trees of spring, and are compact enough to fit in nearly any size, shape or style of landscape. But how will you pick the variety that is best for you?
The unrivaled spring beauty of these trees can take your breath away, as they frequently bud in one color but the flowers open in another, which can create a glorious variegated effect. To add to their appeal, they perform again in the late summer or fall with a fabulous display of hanging, showy fruit that wildlife loves.
Crabapples are available in a range of flower petal colors that include white, pink, red and all shades in between. Flower forms may be single or semi-double with some varieties being fragrant. Selections may be made for fall fruit size and color, including shades of green, yellow, orange, bronze, red and purple. Crabapple trees are also available in a variety of leaf color, size and growth habit to accommodate a landscape of any style and size.
Crabapple Varieties In Stock Now (while supplies last):
I love color in my garden and house from June until frost. This is the time for annuals, which bloom steadily. Here are some of my favorites, along with their colors.
Angelonia – pink, lavender, white and purple.
Shapdragon – dusty rose, pink, yellow, burgundy. The giant ones are best for cut flowers.
Zinnia – so many kinds: pom poms, giant, etc. They are red, orange, yellow, and white.
Pentas – white, pink, red.
Lantana – bicolor pink and yellow is my favorite, as my grandmother had those in her garden. Also orange and yellow.
Geranium – reds and pinks.
Marigold – yellow, gold, bicolor, cream.
Cosmos – orange, gold, white, pink, burgundy. These often reseed, so you only have
to plant them once.
Petunias – red, pink, white, purple, ever new bicolors.
Barbara Wittman Alsip was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, of German, Austrian and Prussian grandparents. Her father was a horticulturist, (Texas A&M, Class of 1919), and her mother was active in garden clubs and flower growing. She has two grown sons and two grandsons.
She received her BA and MA in French and Spanish from Texas Christian University and her PhD in French from Emory University. She taught at the university level for a number of years.
At her first home in western Pennsylvania, she had 165 trees, evergreens, flowering trees, perennials, herbs and annuals. She is looking forward to landscaping, with Bedner’s direction and help, at her new home.