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Loved and admired by gardeners far and wide, Perennial Hydrangea offers beautiful blooms all Summer long!  These big bloomers come in many different shapes and sizes, and their care can vary slightly from one variety to the next.  That being said, the general care instructions for Perennial Hydrangea is fairly consistent across most varieties.

Perennial Hydrangea is most commonly seen in shades of blue, pink and/or white.  Some varieties are sensitive to soil pH, and their blooms will reflect this.  For example, in acidic soils, blooms tend to be more “blue,” and in more alkaline soils, blooms tend to be more “pink.”  Altering the pH of your garden soil (adding soil sulphur = bluer, and lime = pinker), allows you to control the colour of your flowers from one season to the next if you so wish!

Perennial Hydrangea can be planted at almost any time of year, but it is best to do so early in Spring, Summer and/or Fall to give the plant some time to settle before extreme weather sets in.  Particularly in our climate, the more time you can give your plant to establish it’s roots before frost sets in, the better.  Because there are so many unique varieties, however, it is best to check the plant care tag for any specific planting guidelines, especially when it comes to the correct spacing of your plant.  One thing that doesn’t vary is the fact that Perennial Hydrangea requires moist well-drained soil to thrive.

Most Hydrangeas require full sun, preferably morning and mid-afternoon sun.  It is best to avoid planting Perennial Hydrangea where it would experience the hot afternoon sun or where it will receive less than six hours of sun, daily.

A good all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer in the early Spring or early Summer is really all your plant needs.  Over-fertilizing can cause Perennial Hydrangea to grow big green leaves, but stunt bloom production.

Perennial Hydrangea can live for many years without ever needing to be pruned, but if your plants grow out of bounds or lose flowering vigour, then it’s time for a trim.  Pruning Perennial Hydrangea varies from one variety to the next, especially when it comes to the timing.  For best results, and to ensure you do not interrupt your plants blooming, it is best to consult the general plant care tag for instructions and schedule.

Here at Anna’s we have extensive collection of varieties to choose from:

Incrediball:

A very hardy hydrangea with huge flowers on sturdy stems. This reliable native blooms every year, and is great as a cut flower!

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Size: 4-5′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 5-6′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Invincibelle Limetta:

Simply beautiful and so easy to grow, with charming green flowers and sturdy stems – this re-bloomer is sure to impress!

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Size: 2.5-3′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 2-4′
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer through Fall
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Invincibelle Ruby:

Red-pink flowers bloom for months on strong stems, unfazed by even the harshest Winters!

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Size: 2-3′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 2-4′
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer through Fall
  • Pruning: Late Winter/ Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable for most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Invincibelle Wee White:

This dwarf hydrangea is a tidy bouquet of white flowers borne on sturdy stems that blooms all Summer long!

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Size: 1-2.5′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer through Fall
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Little Lime:

A pint-sized form of “Limelight” is equally reliable and beautiful with jade green blooms aging to red.

  • Light Exposure: Sun or partial shade
  • Size: 3-5′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 5-7′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Limelight:

Jade-green Summer flowers that transform to pink and burgundy in Fall. This reliable, cold-hardy plant has strong stems and makes a great cut flower.

  • Light Exposure: Sun or partial shade
  • Size: 6-8′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 6-7′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well -drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Little Quick Fire:

White blooms appear early in the season and change to red as they age. Compact habit is great for small spaces.

  • Light Exposure: Sun or partial shade
  • Size: 3-5′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 5-7′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Pruning: Late Winter/ Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

Quick Fire:

An early bloomer compared to other hydrangeas, this winter-hardy hydrangea flowers white and then turn red for months of colour!

  • Light Exposure: Sun or partial shade
  • Size: 6-8′ tall and wide
  • Spacing: 6-8′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Pruning: Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Soil: Adaptable to most well-drained soil
  • Care: Fertilize in Spring

We would love to hear which hydrangeas you have chosen to incorporate into your garden! Comment below or share a picture using #WelcomeToAnnas !

All plant descriptions can be found on Proven Winners.

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