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Everlasting® Ocean Hydrangea

Pink and Green Mophead Hydrangea Magical Ocean, Hydrangea macrophylla, Mophead Hydrangea



Regular Price: $29.98

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Everlasting® Ocean Mophead Hydrangea's long-lived blooms change colors as they mature. Ruffled flowers begin as a soft pink and deepen in color, then the petals turn lime green with dark pink edges. This one is simply striking in bouquets, with each bloom showcasing multiple colors. Since Everlasting® Ocean produces buds from new and old wood no pruning is required. Plant in containers or garden beds and enjoy all summer long. (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Zones 5 - 9
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall, 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3.5" pot

Plant Information

32-36" tall x 24-30" wide. Everlasting® Ocean Hydrangea is the perfect embodiment of its name, blooming with long-lasting mophead flowers that change color as they age. Petals on new blooms start out with dark pink centers and blush-colored tips. As the flowers mature on the shrubs, the centers eventually turn green with the zig-zag pinked edges (as in pinking shears) turning pink (as in the color). Everlasting® Ocean hydrangeas have a compact habit that makes them good container or gift plants. They are also at home in the perennial border or for use as foundation plants. Grow in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soils. Soils with a low pH will produce more purple-colored flowers, while soils with a high pH will result in a deeper pink flower. Plants bloom on old and new wood, so gardeners everywhere are guaranteed flowers every summer. Large flowerheads make excellent cut flowers for fresh and dried arrangements. Can be pruned for size directly after blooming.

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

Common Name Everlasting® Ocean Mophead Hydrangea
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla Everlasting® Ocean
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-30" wide
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
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Additional Information Grows on old and new wood
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in mid April 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.

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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.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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