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About Hydrangeas: These popular shrubs, also called Hortensia, all have rounded flower clusters that persist through summer and fall. There are several types, since there are several species of the plant the hybridizers work with:
H. macrophylla or French Hydrangeas. These, the most popular, form non-rangy, attractive shrubs about 4 to 6 ft. tall, and are famed for their big, colorful ball-like flowers, usually blue or pink. The popular group here is called Mophead hydrangeas. Artificially shortened versions are sold in pots on Easter and Mothers Day, and the blooms are florists favorites, always popular for wedding decorations. In addition to the mopheads (solid ball of flowers), there are also lacecap versions of these hydrangeas. (H. macrophylla is native to the Far East.)
H. arborescens, a US native, includes the widely-planted, Annabelle. Much like the Mopheads, Annabelle is a shorter hydrangea with huge rounded flower clusters in pure white. This is the one famous for flowers so large they often weigh down the branches, needing special support.
H. paniculata, is a larger species, much taller than the Mopheads. The flower clusters are more cone-shaped, rather than round. The plant in this group is more rangy than the shorter types, but can be controlled by pruning. The famous Pee Gee hydrangea, often grown as a small tree is in this group, and was imported from Japan in the late 19th century. There are also newer H. paniculata hybrids, including the beautiful greenish-flowered one called Limelight.
Other Types: There are several other important hydrangeas. The tall native Oakleaf hydrangea (sometimes considered a small tree) is also a variety of the species, H. paniculata.
There is a great website all about Hydrangeas called Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas! Click here to visit.
|Common Name||Mophead Hydrangea|
|Botanical Name||Hydrangea macrophylla|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade|
|Flower Color||Pink, Blue|
|Mature Height||36-48" tall|
|Estimated Mature Spread||36-60" wide (3-5' wide)|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to fall|
|Planting Depth||Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining|
|Advantages||Attract Birds, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms, Winter Interest, Dried Flowers, Multiple Blooms / Harvest|
|Additional Information||Blue or pink blooms depending on soil pH.|
|Ships to Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat. The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.View Shipping Rate Chart
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Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Star Gazer:
I have ordered lots of bulbs and roots from American meadows and I have been super happy with them. This is the first time I bought a plant in a pot. I wasn't sure what to expect, but considering how expensive this was, it shipped super small and not in the best of shape. It was very dried out (a shipping thing I assume) and all of the leaf growth was withered.
I walked by other hydrangeas at the garden store and wished I had bought one of those instead of this. I am taking good care of it, but I couldn't put it in the spot I wanted right away, so it is in a container for now until it gets bigger. It may grow up just fine, but unless you are looking for this specific type of hydrangea, it might be better to shop closer to home.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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