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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