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All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea

 

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'All Summer Beauty' Hydrangea is a compact, long-blooming mophead variety that produces big, bouncy flowers on 4 ft shrubs. Because it blooms on both new growth and old wood, flowers will form throughout the season, even after a harsh winter - which can be the undoing of other hydrangeas. Known for its bright blue blooms in acid soils, expect to see shades of pink and purple where the ground is more alkaline. (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU 4HYDRG

Plant Information

36-48” tall x 36-60” wide. Like other hydrangeas, ‘All Summer Beauty’, puts on a big show in early summer, but doesn’t stop there. Sporadic blooms emerge throughout the summer with a stunning encore late in the season. Flowers are long lasting and hold their color, gradually fading as they dry. The blooms are perfect for fresh and dry bouquets, or can be left on the plant for continued interest through fall and winter. A backdrop of lush green foliage forms a large mound on this deciduous shrub. With season-long color, ‘All Summer Beauty’ makes an ideal specimen or accent plant. Try planting in containers on the patio or massing for big impact in the shrub border. Plants benefit from a shady location in southern gardens, but tolerate more sun farther north. Prune to shape plants after early summer flowering. No serious insect or disease problems.

About Hydrangeas

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.


Hydrangea Types

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

Associated SKUs
4HYDRG
24SHRUB (Plant - 3.5" pot) - Out of stock.
4HYDR (Plant - 4" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Mophead Hydrangea All Summer Beauty
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla All Summer Beauty
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Flower Size 4-6" flowers
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Green shrub that produces 4-8" long serrated leaves.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Cut Flowers, Containers, Extended Blooms, Winter Interest, Dried Flowers, Hedge / Screen
Additional Information Blooms on old and new growth.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsAll Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea
 
3.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Outdoors (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

3rd Year In

The first year they arrived, they were little sticks. I was a little discouraged. Fortunately, after planting them in my wooded backyard, I found they were lively enough to get some leaves. ...Read complete review

The first year they arrived, they were little sticks. I was a little discouraged. Fortunately, after planting them in my wooded backyard, I found they were lively enough to get some leaves. Nothing spectacular, but with perennials, that's to be expected. 2 out of 9 didn't make it, and I'm blaming my dog for one of them. She hasn't been diligent with all the bees to chase.

Second year, they doubled in size and produced gigantic, heavy blooms; some of which were double! I had never seen such beautiful hydrangea flowers! I added coffee grounds and compost into the soil every month or so and watered them when they clearly needed it. Otherwise, they were pretty much foolproof.

This spring, a I anticipate more growth at a similar rate. Hydrangea are my favorite flower, and these haven't disappointed. You can't expect miracles to happen overnight; these southern beauties require patience and time in order to reach the volume most are accustomed to. (Which is probably why I love them so much!).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No Bloomers

I bought four of these hydrangeas 2 years ago as of today (May 2012). One has bloomed once and it was only 2 inches big (purple). Since, I have nothing but...Read complete review

I bought four of these hydrangeas 2 years ago as of today (May 2012). One has bloomed once and it was only 2 inches big (purple). Since, I have nothing but 5-30 leaves from each plant sprouting all spring and summer long. The biggest the largest plant got is about 7 inches wide and 7 inches tall. The small plant has 6 leaves each year and is about 3 inches tall. I am not sure what is going on. They have partial to mostly shade. 1-2 hours of sunlight in the morning and that is it. They are well hydrated and the soil is moist with well drainage. I just do not know what is going on. Maybe it's the heat in Austin, Texas in the summer that effects them. I will be moving the plants to another location around the house this year. Stay tuned for the results. I will post again next year.

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4.0

Blue Hydrangea

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from Michigan

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Pros

  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

    They are around 8 inches tall now . I plan to protect them this winter and hope to see them take off next year.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    yes, i would definitely buy this product again.

    By 

    from WINNETKA, CA

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Pool Area

      Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

      planted them in big pots and they have done very well. brightens up the side of my house.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Small specimen, feeble growth

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      from Newburyport, MA

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

      The specimen, like the other shrub I ordered, was miniscule and has accordingly slow to establish at a site where like shrubs (leucothoe, rhododendron, physocarpus) thrive. A disappointment

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      This plant lived but did not grow well.

      By 

      from Georgia

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      Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

      This plant was just a little dead looking stick when it arrived. I planted it, watered it, fertilized it, and it lived, but did not do well. It is still about 6 inches tall now, 6 months later.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      3rd Year In

      By 

      from SE Virginia

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

      The first year they arrived, they were little sticks. I was a little discouraged. Fortunately, after planting them in my wooded backyard, I found they were lively enough to get some leaves. Nothing spectacular, but with perennials, that's to be expected. 2 out of 9 didn't make it, and I'm blaming my dog for one of them. She hasn't been diligent with all the bees to chase.

      Second year, they doubled in size and produced gigantic, heavy blooms; some of which were double! I had never seen such beautiful hydrangea flowers! I added coffee grounds and compost into the soil every month or so and watered them when they clearly needed it. Otherwise, they were pretty much foolproof.

      This spring, a I anticipate more growth at a similar rate. Hydrangea are my favorite flower, and these haven't disappointed. You can't expect miracles to happen overnight; these southern beauties require patience and time in order to reach the volume most are accustomed to. (Which is probably why I love them so much!).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Planted in Nov...2/3 made it

      By 

      from Indiana

      Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

      I purchased this and it wasn't sent (was not available) until mid Nov. I live in northern Indiana, so I was skeptical whether it would make it through the winter. 2/3 of them did, and I was promptly given a refund for the third that didn't make it. Hoping for pretty blooms this summer!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very expensive twig

      By 

      from Walled Lake Michigan

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Virtually Dead On Arrival

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

        One tiny green shoot that did not live more than a couple of days. Full credit has been given.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Doing great

        By 

        from RI

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          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Half-Shade spot

            Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

            I planted this in a half-shady spot in front of my house. It has been growing well and has gotten much larger than when it arrived this spring (it is late summer and it is about 1 foot tall). There have been some unknown bugs that have eaten a few leaves, but it has recovered and still is generally doing well.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            No Bloomers

            By 

            from Austin,TX

            Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

            I bought four of these hydrangeas 2 years ago as of today (May 2012). One has bloomed once and it was only 2 inches big (purple). Since, I have nothing but 5-30 leaves from each plant sprouting all spring and summer long. The biggest the largest plant got is about 7 inches wide and 7 inches tall. The small plant has 6 leaves each year and is about 3 inches tall. I am not sure what is going on. They have partial to mostly shade. 1-2 hours of sunlight in the morning and that is it. They are well hydrated and the soil is moist with well drainage. I just do not know what is going on. Maybe it's the heat in Austin, Texas in the summer that effects them. I will be moving the plants to another location around the house this year. Stay tuned for the results. I will post again next year.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Hoping for a good show

            By 

            from Southwest Virginia

            Pros

            • It came back

            Cons

            • Disappeared over winter

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea:

              Planting in fall meant the hydrangea disappeared over winter so I was fearful it wouldn't appear this spring. However, it did. Looks fine, just hasn't grown much yet -- but then, it's still late March.

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