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, 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 grows up to zone 4!
They are very tolerant to both extreme heat and extreme cold.
Claim #4- You get Huge the Size of Your Head!
I 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 the plant puts 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 growth. This really limited your color if you live up north or had a late frost.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas provide you with its signature blooms because they don't need last season's growth to produce new flowers.
Tip - How to get Double the Blooms on your Endless Summer Hydrangeas
Our nursery manager has some at his home. After the first round of blooms, he snips off the flowers. This may sound crazy... but each stem he trimmed off grows into two. Each old bloom turns into two new ones, and in three weeks he gets twice the 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 for the first year.
Our oversized one gallons are grown a year longer and will give you many blooms. Our three gallons 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.
Go ahead and order today while large sizes are still available.