a fast-growing rounded shrub with ball-shaped flowers from early summer through fall in shades of pink, blue or white. Flower clusters may be rounded as in the mop head styles or somewhat flat like lace caps. Old fashioned varieties flower on previous year’s growth (old wood-prune after flowering) while newly developed “next generation” cultivars bloom on both old and new wood. Size, flower form/color vary by cultivar but on average 3-6’ tall and wide. Best in partial shade with regular moisture; flower color on some cultivars is affected by the pH of the soil in which they are growing (acid soil = blue, alkaline = pink). ‘Nikko Blue’ is a popular old fashioned cultivar with giant blue flowers. The ‘Cityline’ series are of the next generation and are bred to be more compact (1-3 feet), try ‘Cityline Berlin’ or ‘Cityline Paris’. The ‘Endless Summer’ collection offers classic looking hydrangeas with re-blooming, next generation qualities.Care
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