Endless Summer Hydrangea
Endless Summer Hydrangea... Worth the Hype?
"One of the most important new plant introductions of the last 50 years."
Michael Dirr, Horticultural Rock Star.
Yes, the Endless Summer has its own web site, its own ads and seems to have more blog posts than Global Warming... but does it live up to the hype?
Here are some common claims and what you can actually expect:
Claim #1 - You Get 6 Months of Continual Blooms!
Endless Summer blooms from early summer to the first frost. Milder climates should see pretty consistent blooms until around Thanksgiving, except for a brief week or two in August when they may get a little sparse. Northerners will see full blooms for 3-4 months.
Most other hydrangeas only bloom early for a few weeks, and then they're done... thus the name "Endless Summer".
Claim #2- The Only Hydrangea That Will Still Bloom if Hit by a Late Spring Frost!
Newer varieties are becoming Frost Proof. Endless Summer was the first and is the highest quality frost proof hydrangea. Some gardeners have commented on reduced flowering after freak cold snaps, but we've never seen any reduction.
Claim #3- Revolutionized Northern Shade Gardening while still Thriving in the South!
The Endless Summer Hydrangea was developed in Minnesota, so you know it's cold hardy. Old hydrangeas could only survive to zone 6- the Endless Summer goes down to zone 4!
They are very tolerant to both extreme heat and extreme cold.
Claim #4- You get Huge Blooms the Size of Your Head!
We have seen the 5 ft. tall branches dressed up as people during Halloween. After the first year, the blooms are about 8-10 inches in diameter.
They make long lasting indoor floral arrangements. Plus, Endless Summers put out even more flowers after you cut them back.
Claim #5- You can Change Your Bloom Colors!
You can show off your Gardening Ju Jitsu by changing the acidity of your soil.
Blue flowers appear in acidic soil, bright pink ones in alkaline. It's actually a neat way to test your dirt.
Claim #6- One of the Few Hydrangeas to Bloom on New Growth!
Typical hydrangeas only produce blooms on old branches, so you had to wait until the next year to enjoy more blooms.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas provide you with their signature blooms because they don't need last season's growth to produce new flowers.
Of all our Hydrangeas, the Endless Summer is by far the best seller.
They thrive almost everywhere and seldom have any problems.
You should avoid any size less than one gallon. We don't offer them because you won't get blooms the first year.
Our oversized one gallons are grown a year longer and will give you many blooms. Our larger sizes are grown two years longer and have a shrub form that will quickly blanket with blooms and give you a tall, full hedge.
You can plant them alone or in rows... in containers or along your foundation. They're very versatile.
Summer is a great time to plant hydrangeas. They will look beautiful and put on a lot of new growth. When hydrangeas are shipped in the heat, they may arrive a little droopy, or have some leaf spotting. This is natural because of the high water content in their leaves. Just give your plants a drink and place in a semi-shady area for a day or two before planting. you will see them quickly perk up and soon will see vibrant new foliage.
Go ahead and order today while large sizes are still available.