After threatening a plant, I usually give it another season to perform up to par, hype or promise. Quite a few Hydrangeas were pitched into the woods when the remontant types become more available and I no longer needed the finicky varieties. I really didn't expect them to survive, but this is the second one to signal me with its unmistakable presence in the midst of thistle and poison ivy. I only wish I knew what it was.
If only I could reach it, I would remove the weeds that surround it, tuck in any exposed roots, feed and water it, and perhaps even move it back into the garden proper when the weather cools off. But wait! (I say as I smack palm to forehead) I already tried that! This plant obviously didn't like being pampered in my garden, and prefers to go toe to toe with the n'ere-do-wells in the woods. So let it.
Before I became unrelenting on the removal of the garden slackers, I sometimes would just move a non-performer further from the house so I wouldn't have to look at it as much. This is what happened to another Hydrangea, a lacecap with large sterile flowers. Neither of these plants were sent to me to be evaluated, something that happens more often than not with Hydrangeas. Those I keep as well labeled as I can so that I can write about them.
I did purchase a Hydrangea this year called Forever and Ever 'Peppermint' to grow in a pot on my front porch. It was just the cutest little thing, with sizable flower heads almost obliterating the foliage. Online literature for this variety indicates it grows to around three feet high and blooms on both old and new wood. This would make it capable of surviving in the ground and consistently offering up a respectable number of flowers. But I think I'll lug this pot inside the garage when it gets really cold, just to see what happens.
|Mystery Hydrangea in the woods|
|Hydrangea Forever and Ever 'Peppermint' in a pot with Dichondra 'Silver Falls'|