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Tue, 04/10/2012 - 15:47 — Sarah Harbaugh
New Hydrangea Varieties
From Calloway’s and Cornelius
Big bold leaves and large clusters of long lasting flowers are typical of the beloved Hydrangea. For centuries, they had been long associated with the enchantment of our grandmother’s gardens. Today, Hydrangeas are making a comeback thanks to their profuse flowering and no-fuss, long lasting blooms of many new everblooming varieties.
Hydrangeas grow best in moist, well drained soils and most benefit from morning sun with afternoon shade. Fertilize 2 to 3 times during the growing season with a well-balanced fertilizer. Mulch well to hold in moisture, Hydrangeas don’t have “hydra” in their name for nothing.
Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery are excited to introduce three new varieties to our stores.
- ‘Early Sensation’ Hydrangea -This original variety in the Forever & Ever® series was introduced in 2005. It's mophead flowers are either pink or blue depending on soil pH. Large clusters of blooms have florets with frilled petal edges and bloom early to midsummer until frost. A repeat bloomer, it blooms on both old and new wood. The large, deep green leaves in Summer provide the perfect backdrop for the clusters of showy blossoms. ‘Early Sensation’ has a compact growth habit growing about 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
- ‘Minute Man’ Hydrangea-Also known as ‘Ruby Slippers’ is one of the first two Hydrangea cultivars released from the U.S. National Arboretum’s shrub breeding program. Released in 2010, ‘Minute Man’ flowers in early Summer with 9 inch long inflorescences that are held upright above the dark green foliage. Flowers open white, but quickly turn pale pink and then deepen to rose. It has a rounded growth habit growing about 3½ feet tall and 5 feet wide. Enjoy mahogany-red Fall foliage.
- ‘Little Lady’ Hydrangea- Also known as ‘Munchkin’ is the other Hydrangea cultivar released from the U.S. National Arboretum’s shrub breeding program. Released in 2010, ‘Little Lady’ flowers in early Summer with 6½ inch long inflorescences that are held upright above the dark green foliage. Flowers open white and gradually turn medium pink. It has a rounded growth habit growing about 3 feet tall and 4½ feet wide. Foliage also turns mahogany-red in the Fall.
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Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs thus losing their leaves in the Winter. They make perfect companion plants with Camellias, Hollies and Magnolias who offer lush foliage during the months when Hydrangeas are bare. So, romanticize your garden today with the beauty of Hydrangeas!