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Everlasting® Ocean Hydrangea

SKU: AM014949
$29.98
per Plant - 3" Pot
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Overview
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)
key features
Botanical Name
Hydrangea macrophylla Everlasting® Ocean
Advantages
Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Winter Interest, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
24-48" wide
Bloom Time
Early to late summer

Description

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.

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