best macrophylla cultivar for reliable bloomins
Endless Summer is a disappointment. Are there other macrophylla types that flower on new and old wood. I am in central Ohio
Franklin County Ohio
In what way was Endless summer disappointing? There are many varieties of macro phyla hydrangeas. But it will depend some what on color and flower shape you are looking for. Also hydrangeas are sun to dappled shade. How much room have you allowed for it? Just a few things to think about. Some coloring hydrangeas are dependent on the pH of you soil... Blue, pink and the richness of the color. On the other hand the white hydrangeas do not have this need and some of the showiest macro phyla hydrangeas to be seen. The Oakleaf Hydrangea (although it now also comes in pink) is one of the hardiest hydrangeas. This is an American native plant and handles almost any soil or weather that you can throw at it. It blooms beginning in mid-summer, but will continue blooming through the fall, when the leaves and flowers begin to take on burgundy tones. The blooms are steadfast, appearing every year no matter the weather or soil ph. As opposed to round "snow ball" shaped it is conical. It is more woody than some of the other hydrangeas, but it adds to the winter landscape with its grey peeling bark. If your area has a little more than dappled shade, it will also do well. Because this is a native plant it does not disappoint. It is also stunning in a moonlit garden. Because the pink is a new hybridized color I have no statistics on that plant. The Annabelle Hydrangea is an ornamental shrub with enormous clusters of flowers, gathered together into gigantic bouquets that blanket the Hydrangea in color. It will reproduce blooms all summer long as it begins to create its blooms in June, which continue for 2 months. This Hydrangea will bloom a second time before the end of the season. The Annabelle Hydrangea is a low maintenance flowering shrub. The Peegee hydrangea is another solid bloomer. highly valued for its vigor and bloom dependability. You can use this plant as a border, cut flower, dried flower, specimen plant, or if trained, as a flowering tree. Flowers appear in August and remain on the plant until the first hard frost. The large conical shaped white flower heads turn to pink in the fall with gray-green leaves. Sent to America from Japan in 1861, the Pee Gee can be pruned at any time except when they begin to form bloom heads in the summer. The color of blooms on a PeeGee changes during its bloom period. Beginning as a white flower, the blooms age to pink, and finally a rusty brown in autumn. PeeGee hydrangeas blooms do not change with the pH level of the soil. As you see these choices begin white and then vary as they age. They vary in bluming times and have fall and winter interest as well. I chose these varieties because of hardiness and interest. The selling point of Endless Summer Hydrangeas is that they bloom all season on new and old wood. Yet the examples I have included are long time bloomers and have a landscaping interest throughout the year. Lastly another plant to look into is the Bottle Brush Buckeye. It is of the hydrangea family, is woody and is also a native plant. It is Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers rich, moist loams. Intolerant of dry soils, particularly in the early years before its root system becomes well established. Pruning is usually unnecessary. Though native to rich woodland areas in Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, it is winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5. Hope this is of help.