32-36" tall x 24-30" wide. Everlasting® Noblesse Hydrangea adds interesting texture to the garden with its densely-packed mophead flowers. Each individual bloom has green, slightly feathered tips, white centers, and purple eyes. Flowers mature to a deep green color and are ideal as cut flowers in fresh and dried flower arrangements. The stems are sturdy and will not flop under the weight of the blooms. Everlasting® Noblesse Hydrangeas bloom on old and new wood, with the first flowers appearing in late spring to early summer in warmer areas, and mid to late summer in cooler areas. The shrub’s compact size makes it a standout “thriller” in container gardens, but it is equally at home as a foundation plant or in perennial gardens. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Prune after the plant finished blooming in the spring. In colder areas, wait until the plant starts sprouting new growth to cut back winterkill.
Hydrangea shrubs are native to the US and Asia and produce showy flowers throughout the summer season. There are many varieties available, each showcasing differing bloom colors, flower shapes, overall heights/spreads, levels of winter hardiness, and abilities to be grown in containers.
What does "Blooms on old/new wood" mean and what does that have to do with winter?
Some hydrangeas produce buds that will turn into flowers on old wood (also called "last year's growth"), while others produce blooms on new wood (aka "this year's growth") and still others will flower on both old and new wood. This detail is especially valuable for cold-climate gardeners who may be apt to lose some of their hydrangea branches to breakage from heavy snow and ice, or who may see developing buds killed off by late spring frosts.
For these gardeners, losing old growth branches and young buds could mean missing out on hydrangea flowers the following summer. Choosing a variety that blooms on new wood (or both types of growth) is extra insurance; it means that regardless of your winter and late-spring weather, you can still count on your shrub to produce flowers come summer.
Likewise, warm-climate gardeners who choose varieties that only bloom on new wood, will have to make it a point to prune their hydrangea shrubs in order to encourage new buds to form. A simple task for sure, but one that needs to be remembered.
What does "Bloom color depends on soil type" mean?
The color of most hydrangea blooms are directly tied to the mineral make up of your soil and its overall pH. To really see bold colors, you'll have the best results when planting in containers, which will allow you to create your preferred soil conditions at planting time. Although soil pH can be changed directly in the garden bed, it often takes more than one season to see results. The color of native Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) cannot be changed.
Acid soils (with a pH below 7) produce purple-to-blue blooms, with the brightest blue blooms resulting from the most-acidic soils. To coax your hydrangeas into producing blue blooms, you can amend your soil with sulfur, or mulch your plants with a pine and/or cedar needle mulch.
Alkaline soils (with a pH above 7) produce pink blooms. The more alakaline (or sweet) your soil is, the deeper pink your blooms will be. This can be achieved by adding lime around your planting area. It is, however, more difficult to turn hydrangea blooms pink because as a general rule, most plants struggle to be healthy in soils with a pH above 7.
Many hydrangeas today are available in a range of heights and bloom cycles, regardless of their overall type. For example, you can find Mopheads that bloom on new growth and Panicles that are container-friendly.
Mopheads: (Hydrangea macrophylla) The most well-known (yet least cold hardy) hydrangea, Mopheads are known for their oversized blooms that come in two flower types - Lacecaps and Pom-poms. Also known as "Bigleaf" hydrangeas, the foliage on Mopheads is quite enormous and delivers a lot of greenery to the garden.
Panicle: (Hydrangea paniculata) Huge, cone-shaped blooms and excellent cold hardiness are the hallmarks of the Panicle hydrangea. Their arching branches and plentiful blooms also tolerate more sun than other varieties.
Smooth/ Snowball: (Hydrangea arborescens) Also known as "Wild" Hydrangeas, these shrubs are native to the eastern US - and while their color cannot be altered by changing soil pH, their blooms tend to turn a pale green as fall approaches.
Mountain: (Hydrangea serrata) More compact than Mopheads and presenting dainty lacecap blooms and smaller leaves, these hydrangeas are native to the mountains of Korea and Japan where they're known as 'Tea of Heaven'. They're known for a slightly weeping shape and a long season of blooms.
Oakleafs: (Hydrangea quercifolia) Native to the eastern/southeastern US, Oakleafs have deeply-lobed foliage that changes color dramatically in autumn. Very cold hardy with showy, elongated blooms.
How to Choose the Right Hydrangeas
|Item Package Size|
Plant - 3" Pot
Everlasting® Noblesse Mophead Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla Everlasting® Noblesse
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Early summer to fall
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Upright shrub with large green leaves.
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Average, Moist / Wet
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Winter Interest, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Good For Containers
Blooms on old and new growth.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|