Plant Profile: Endless Summer Blushing Bride Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride'

A new introduction from the Endless Summer line of re-blooming hydrangeas. The semi-double flowers of Blushing Bride open to a crisp white and develop a hint of soft pink as they age making it seem as though the plant is blushing. The flower clusters can reach 4 or more inches across and are supported by strong stems so that flopping rarely occurs. The foliage is also a deeper green than normally seen on other hydrangeas. The mature size is 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.

Since Blushing Bride, like its cousin Endless Summer The Original blooms on both old and new growth, late season pruning rarely affects flowering. This also makes it a fine choice for northern gardens as late frosts won't damage all the blooms. Blushing Bride is cold hardy into zone 4 with realiable blooming in zones 5 and warmer.

Plant Blushing Bride Hydrangea in morning sun or partial shade with protection from the hot afternoon sun. The soil should be loose, rich in organic matter and well-drained. Hydrangeas should be watered regularly during dry spells in the spring and summer. Wilting in the heat of the late afternoon is common even for hydrangeas that have sufficient water. Avoid overwatering by checking the soil, which should dry out some between waterings. Excessive moisture around the roots or poorly draining soil can cause root rot problems.

All hydrangeas are susceptible to deer browsing. If you have a deer problem, plant your hydrangeas in a protected location inside a fenced area or close to the house. You may need to use deer repellents if the problem is severe.

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