|The many shades of 'Gertrude Glahn' all on one plant.|
|Hydrangea m. 'Schenkenberg' does well |
in serious shade along with hostas.
If your Hydrangeas go into a mighty wilt in the hottest part of the day (Which, these days, means between 9 am and 6 pm.), just try not to look at them. Give them a good soaking twice a week when temps are in the '90s. Don't water in the middle of the day if you can help it.
|Individual flowers of Hydrangea 'Gertrude Glahn' are|
nearly twice the size of those on 'Endless Summer'
|Hydrangea s. 'Blue Bird'|
While some indeed turn into compost, others rally, appearing in subsequent years like the pimply-faced, braces-clad teen who shows up at the 10 year reunion looking like 1000 bucks. When I try to get them back into the garden confines, I realize they're entirely unapproachable, usually owing to the fact that they're draped in poison ivy or flanked by six-foot thistles.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Bird'|
Which goes to show you: sometimes you have to resort to serious manipulation tactics in order to achieve success. I can pretend I went through all of this to get 'Blue Bird' to bloom, but we all know better. Surprises--good ones, that is--are hard to come by in the real world. You can wait for a desirable plant to pop up out of nowhere in your garden. Or you can can give the surprise Genie a nudge by moving things around, mixing it up from year to year, and sometimes even threatening banishment to the woods.
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