This weekend we celebrate the hydrangea. Few plants evoke such nostalgia or create more excitement in the garden. The blooms of hydrangea have graced many weddings, welcomed new babies, expressed love on Mother's Day or a special anniversary, and appreciation for many deserving teachers. Everyone knows this plant even if the name escapes them.
The flowers are gorgeous and long lasting. They can be pink or blue or purple or white, and lace cap, snowball, or panicle in shape. Some grow three feet or less, others grow as large as eight to ten feet, and a hydrangea vine may reach twenty feet or more. Some of these shrubs need afternoon shade and others grow beautifully in full sun. In other words, everyone has a place in their garden for at least one hydrangea.
While a tree form hydrangea can be used singularly in your landscape, most hydrangeas lend more beauty to your garden when combined with complementary shrubs and perennials. An azalea or small leafed rhododendron lend both size and texture difference in a partial shade location. Add coral bells, astilbe, and small shade loving grasses for additional layering of color and grace. Sun loving hydrangeas work beautifully with knockout or drift roses and the colors of lavenders and salvias complete the picture.
We are excited this weekend to present to you the largest selection of hydrangeas that we will have all season. While more varieties may arrive as they come into color, you will find many to choose from during this weekend as we celebrate the heavenly hydrangea!