Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: New hydrangeas for 2015
Hydrangeas are one of those shrubs I just love. They do well in part shade, they’re relatively care-free, they make friendly fences and their blooms hang on for lovely winter interest. White Flower Farms is offering a new Proven Winners Big leaf Hydrangea Macrophylla called ‘Paraplu’.
The name comes from the Dutch word for umbrella. The intensely pink flower clusters look like little parasols. It’s a nice compact size at growing to just 3 feet. It’s zone 5 hardy but could be grown in zone 4 with mulch.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Firelight’ has garnered a lot of attention for it’s zone 4 hardiness and it’s changing flower color.
The blooms start out pure white in mid-summer gradually turning deep reddish pink, exhibiting the full spectrum of color until fall. The strong stems support these large, 12–16? flower heads without flopping. ‘Firelight’ grows up to 6 feet. Talk about a friendly fence for your border or lovely foundation planting!
Another unusual looking hydrangea for 2015 is another macrophylla called ‘Double Delights StarGazer’. You’ve heard of the stargazer lily? The blooms on this hydrangea mirror those colors of pink and white.
The clusters of this zone 5 lacecap are like a constellation. They’re also much larger petals than the hydrangeas we’re used to seeing. The double blooms appear on both old and new wood.
Proven Winners Hydrangeas Demystified for a look at the different types and how to care for them.