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Melinda’s Beginners Guide: Summer into Fall

Add variety and beauty to the landscape from summer into fall with hydrangeas. These versatile shrubs make colorful screens, focal points and combine nicely with other plants in mixed borders.

Start the hydrangea floral display with a traditional favorite, Annabelle-type hydrangeas. The large flowers start green, turn white and eventually go back to green. It is an excellent choice for those shady spots in the garden… complementing other shade lovers like hostas, astilbes and ferns. It will tolerate more sun as long as you keep the soil moist but not soggy wet.

Newer varieties of Annabelle-type hydrangeas add a welcome twist to the look of this favorite. Include one of the Invincibelle® hydrangeas with pink flowers, or the huge round flowers of Incrediball®. Grow these newer varieties in part sun for maximum bloom and sturdier stems. Dress up those small spaces with Invincibelle Wee White®. At just 1 to 2 1/2’ tall, this dwarf Annabelle-type hydrangea adds lots of color to any small space. This long blooming hydrangea benefits from some morning sun and afternoon shade especially in those hotter spots in the landscape.

Keep the color going with a variety of panicle hydrangeas.  Extend the floral display by growing several different varieties. Like Annabelle’s, these reliable blooming shrubs put on a great display every year. Panicle hydrangeas have large cone shaped flowers, are hardy and require minimal maintenance.

The new introduction Quick Fire Fab® blooms several weeks earlier than other panicle hydrangeas. This large hydrangea grows 6 to 8’ tall and its sturdy stems are topped with white flowers that age to bright pink then red.

Next up is another large hydrangea, Quickfire. It’s a long bloomer with outstanding gold and burgundy fall color.

Firelight® is a newer large variety with flowers that age from creamy-white to vivid red in early summer. You’ll enjoy the extra punch of color in the landscape this hydrangea provides.

Little Quickfire® provides all the beauty of its namesake on a smaller, 3 to 5’ tall, plant. It is the perfect size for most landscapes and suitable for containers.

Smaller in stature but big in beauty is Bobo®. Its huge flowers continue to grow longer as they bloom covering much of the 3’ tall sturdy stems. Bobo’s white flowers age to pink.

Include Pinky Winky® in the mix for its unique blooms. The lacy flowers start white and age pink from the bottom up. As the flowers expand they continue to display these two toned flowers.

Next to bloom is Little Lime®. Like its big brother, Limelight, the flowers open green and turn pink then burgundy in fall. You’ll enjoy all this beauty on a 3 to 5’ tall plant.

Don’t worry if space is limited. Firelight Tidbit® produces lush white flowers that age to pink and red on small 2-3’ tall plants. It won’t be hard to find a spot for this small hydrangea in your garden or a container.

If you like Limelight you are sure to like the small, 4 to 6’, Limelight Prime®. It blooms a bit earlier than Limelight providing a longer floral display. The green flowers age to even bolder and brighter pink and red tones.

End the season with Limelight®. It is no wonder this large beauty captivated gardeners with its green flowers that age to an array of pink, red and burgundy. The flower color persists through fall frosts adding to the landscape’s fall color display.

But the show’s not over. Leave the faded flowers intact for added winter interest. The dried flowers add texture to the garden and look great when covered with a light dusting of snow.

Now is a great time to add one or more of these hydrangeas to the garden. Look for spaces that would benefit from some summer into fall bloom and select the best hydrangea to fill the space.

Written by gardening expert, Melinda Myers. Melinda Myers is a nationally recognized gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She is a wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to share Melinda’s Beginner Gardeners’ Guide with you! 

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