Octopus Hydrangea

This is the famous Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea.  Such a beautiful transition in colors from light cream to pretty pink.  But the shape is like an octopus, reaching it’s tentacles out, searching for food.  Maybe Vanilla Strawberry is looking for sun?  Nitrogen?  Hydration?  Space?  It doesn’t seem to have found what it needs.  Not on this land.  Not in this pot.  I’ve had this plant for … Continue reading Octopus Hydrangea

Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea

Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea, new in 2010,  is pink, no matter the soil type.  Invincibelle comes from the smooth leaf hydrangea, or Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’  which is native to Eastern side of North America.  One of my favorite things about these is that they bloom on new wood, so prune away!  No worries about cutting off next year’s flowers.  The flowers appear early summer until frost … Continue reading Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea

Light-O-Day Hydrangea

Even though plant lovers crave green, they are always intrigued with the absence of green.  The outer white streaks on the leaves of this Hydrangea macrophylla look like pure white ice cream on a hot summer day.  It’s a refreshing contrast, similar to the beautiful variegation of the Japanese Maple Ukigumo. This lacecap hydrangea will accent any planting.  The outer ring of flowers are white and … Continue reading Light-O-Day Hydrangea