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Glorious Hydrangeas in my garden…

June 24, 2014


H.arborescens ‘Annabelle’

My Glorious Hydrangeas

Recently, there’s been a glorious explosion of hydrangea flowers in my garden.  This month my hydrangeas (along with my roses) have taken center stage.

I grow several varieties in my garden which is a small collection of about 40 Hydrangeas.

Hydrangea arborescens:


H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’

The blooms of ‘Annabelle’ are absolutely huge in my garden. Some are  nearly 12 inches across.

‘Annabelle‘ has big balls of flowers that start out green, then turn to white and eventually dry a pale green as the season progresses. The flowers are lacy and delicate, but don’t let that fool you, this plant is tough. Mine are massed in a bed around my fountain.

‘Annabelle’ in my white garden.


Hydrangea macrophylla:

‘Alpengluhen’ (Glowing Embers)

H. macrophylla ‘Glowing Embers’

 ‘Alpengluhen’- (Glowing Embers) is a new addition to my hydrangea collection this year. A compact 3′ tall hydrangea with beautiful pinkish-red flowers.


‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Big Daddy’

Mass planting of H. macrophylla ‘Endless Summer and ‘Big Daddy’

My Endless Summer are planted in my backyard amongst a few other hydrangeas, ‘Big Daddy‘ and ‘Snowflake’ . What a spectacular show of blooms they put on every year.


‘Endless Summer’ & ‘Big Daddy’

‘Endless Summer’ is a very hardy hydrangea and blooms on both the current season’s growth as well as old growth, providing the advantage of a longer bloom period.

‘Big Daddy’, another H. macrophylla, has giant flower heads a foot across or more.




Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride’

H. macrophylla  'Blushing Bride'

H. macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’

Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride‘ produces blooms throughout the season on both new and old stems. Huge blooms start out pure white and become more of an antique pink as they fade. I have several planted with H. macrophylla ”Mariesii Variegata’ ‘Blushing Bride‘ is very lovely…

Blushing Bride’ planted amongst H. macrophylla lace cap ‘Mariesii Variegata


H. Macrophylla  ‘Mariesii Variegata‘-LaceCap

Lace cap ‘Mariesii Variegata’

This LaceCap  ‘Mariesii Variegata’,  I must admit was a bit cold sensitive for my Zone 7b climate. The first two I ever planted, died the following year after an usually cold winter. Two years ago, I planted two more in a more sheltered location and am hoping they will survive. So far so good. The leaves are green with white margins and flowers either pink or blue lacecap blossoms.


H. macrophylla ‘ Blue Wave‘-LaceCap and ‘Nikko Blue

‘Blue Wave‘ (behind JMaple)’ and ‘Nikko Blue, H. macrophylla’ planted amongst ‘Autumn’ ferns and a variegated Japanese Maple ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’.

 Many of my Hydrangeas are inter-planted with Japanese Maples and ferns in my backyard garden. I love this combination, especially with my ‘Blue Wave’ and ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas.

‘Blue Wave’ Lacecap Hydrangea

 H. macrophylla, ‘Blue Wave‘ happens to be my favorite LaceCap hydrangea in my garden. A glorious sight when in bloom.The Lacecap flowers are a captivating blue that I love to photograph. Mine are planted in light shade under pine trees receiving late morning /early afternoon dappled sun and are thriving. Beautiful!


Hydrangea quercifolia:


H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’

Ok, if I had to pick a favorite hydrangea in my garden, it would be this one- H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’.

This one is a stunner. “Snowflake’ has absolutely gorgeous clusters that are densely layered just dripping with showy white flowers. I have several planted with many of my H. macrophylla’s throughout my garden.

‘Snowflake’ planted with ‘Endless Summer and Big Daddy H. macrophylla.

‘Snowflake’ and ‘Annabelle


‘Snowflake’ starting to turn pink in color..

The flowers age beautifully and I love every stage throughout the season. Snowflakes flowers start out pure white, gradually fading to pink and then turning brown by late summer. I can’t say enough about this plant… 


‘Snowflake’ in late summer


While these photo’s I’ve shared with you represent many of my hydrangeas, there are some however that were camera shy…here’s a list of a few others that are gracing my garden..

 Arborecens ‘Radiata”

H. macrophylla ‘Painter’s Palette’

H. macrophylla ‘Fuji Waterfall’

H. paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’

H. paniculata (PeeGee) ‘Tree Form


 Some Hydrangea links:

June 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

What a gorgeous collection of hydrangea’s you have! I can’t wait until I can introduce more into my garden. I still have too much sun at the moment.

June 24, 2012 at 1:57 am

Oh, wow, I guess I will just have to grow hydrangeas vicariously through you. I have some of the mopheads, but they are VERY thirsty. I mostly grow Oakleaf because they are much, much more tolerant of less frequent watering. Just a spectacular display you have. Thanks for sharing with the hydrangea deprived among us.

June 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Your hydrangeas are just gorgeous. I love the way you have planted them in masses. Those growing around your fountain are just spectacular. I can’t imagine ever having a garden without hydrangeas, although I don’t have as many as you. But this post makes me want more!

July 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Wow! Your hydrangeas are spectacular! You have so artfully combined them. I have just started developing an area I call my ‘hydrangea walk’. My favorites there are Endless Summer and Annabelle, planted to honor my mother, who had that name. I also grow several others you mentioned. I have to keep all of them watered well in our heat, but they reward me with lovely summer blooms. I am already wanting to add more to my collection, though I have a long way to go before catching up to you!

July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

After leaving my fabulous hydrangeas in Maryland we’ve started over in the North Carolina mountains and my new bushes are doing beautifully. Just planted Strawberry Vanilla and can’t wait to see it bloom.

Love your photos!

June 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

Absolutely stunning. I was interested to read that you really love the Endless Summer hydrangeas. I haven’t grown them, but many people have told me that they don’t bloom well and are over-hyped. But they look pretty great in your photos, so I will have to reconsider.

Matthew DeOrio
September 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

You have a beautiful garden, the broad range of plantings is amazing. I looked on the website but couldn’t find any reference to how you water this extensive landscape. Summers in Huntsville Alabama can be brutally hot and sometimes dry. If I have one weakness it is not getting adequate water to some of my plantings. Living in zone B, you may deal with some of the same challenges. How do you address watering all the specimens? Drip, sprayheads, diligent hand watering? Thank you so much for your website

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