Endless Summer Hydrangeas Bloom Longer Than Ordinary Hydrangeas
New Hydrangea varieties bloom in early summer and keep blooming through the fall. Older varieties only develop flowers on last year’s growth. New varieties develop flowers on both old and new growth. As a result, these new varieties of Hydrangea bloom longer and produce more flowers. Here are some newer Hydrangea varieties that bloom for a long time and are easy to grow.
'Endless Summer' Hydrangea - The Original
â€˜Endless Summerâ€™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Gorgeous blue or pink mop-head flowers decorate attractive plants. Flower heads are 8 inches wide and well-rounded. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is a new variety developed by University of Georgia horticulturist Dr. Michael Dirr. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea starts blooming in late-spring and keeps producing new flowers on new growth through the fall. The plants grow three to five feet tall and wide. Plant ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangeas in an area with partial shade. Like other Hydrangea macrophylla varieties, ‘Endless Summer’ loses it’s leaves in the fall and has bronze fall foliage color. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea prefers moist (but not soggy) soil. The flowers can change color from blue to pink depending on the soil pH. Flowers turn blue in acidic soil (low pH) and bloom pink in alkaline soil. To ensure blue hydrangea flowers, add iron sulphate or aluminum sulphate to the soil. For pink flowers, add lime to the soil to raise the pH. Prune to remove damaged wood and control size and shape. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is a great replacement for older ‘Nikko Blue’ Hydrangeas.
'Blushing Bride' Endless Summer Hydrangea
â€˜Blushing Brideâ€™ Endless Summer Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea is a snow-white mop-head hydrangea variety that blooms repeatedly on old and new growth. The flowers start out as pure white and age to a lovely shade of pink. Frequently, the plant have both pink and white flowers at the same time. ‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea grows from three to six feet tall and white had has an attractive, rounded form. ‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea prefers the same growing conditions as ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea discussed above. Remove old flowers to encourage repeat blooming.
'Twist and Shout' Endless Summer Hydrangea
â€˜Twist and Shoutâ€™ Endless Summer Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
‘Twist and Shout’ is the first ever-blooming lace-cap hydrangea. Flowers bloom periwinkle or pink depending on soil type and have a mix of large florets and smaller flowers. The overall appearance of the plant is more delicate than mop-head hydrangeas and can be used in masses or mixed with other hydrangeas for contrast. ‘Twist and Shout’ Endless Summer Hydrangea grows three to five feet tall and wide and has attractive, dark green foliage. Fall foliage color is bronze. Prune when necessary to control height or spread. Blooms on old and new wood. Grow in partial shade and rich, moist soil with plenty of organic matter.
'Bella Anna' Endless Summer Hydrangea
â€˜Bella Annaâ€™ Endless Summer Hydrangea (Hydrangea aborescens)
‘Bella Anna’ Endless Summer Hydrangea is the first re-blooming Hydrangea arborescens variety. Unlike regular Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, ‘Bella Anna’ Endless Summer Hydrangea has beautiful magenta-pink flowers. The flower heads are large and strong stems keep the flowers upright. ‘Bella Anna’ grows in full sun or partial shade and has attractive dark green foliage. ‘Bella Anna’ Hydrangea plants grow three to five feet tall and equally wide. Flowers start blooming in summer and continue through the fall. Easy to grow and blooms on old and new wood. Plant with Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ for a mix of magenta and white flowers.
Hydrangea Growing Tips
Ensure Your Success With These Helpful Tips:
- Hydrangeas grow best in part-shade in rich, moist soil. Six hours of sun or dappled sunlight all day is ideal. Prune to control the plant’s shape and height.
- Trim off old flowers to encourage more blooms or leave old blooms for winter interest.
- You can cut the flowers and use them in flower arrangements for inside the house.
- Use hydrangeas in shrub borders, mixed plantings, or plant around the house as a foundation plant. Hydrangeas can even be grown in large containers.
- Plant from nursery containers in the spring and keep newly planted hydrangeas moist.
- Fertilize with a balanced slow release fertilizer. Don’t fertilize after August 15th so that plants can prepare for winter dormancy.
Where to Buy Endless Summer Hydrangeas
Endless Summer Hydrangeas are available from independent garden centers and big-box retailers. All varieties in the Endless Summer family are grown in custom branded blue pots. I have seen them available in 1 gallon and 3 gallon pots.
Follow the hydrangea-growing tips above and you will enjoy many months of beautiful blooms.