Georama Plant of the Week – Endless Summer Hydrangea

April 22, 2018 Case Uncategorized

Georama Growers Plant of the Week

Common Name:     ‘ Endless Summer’ Hydrangea

Botanical Name:      Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PIIHM-1’


A recent visit by an old friend who now lives in Ottawa and is a landscape designer for a company called Endless Summer Landscaping is the inspiration for this weeks’ subject. One of the most common questions I get from participants of our pruning seminars is when to prune a hydrangea and why doesn’t my hydrangea bloom! Well now it’s really simple if you plant one of the ‘Endless Summer’ collection of these gorgeous plants that bloom on both old and new wood. The original ‘Endless Summer’ is a re-blooming hydrangea that repeats blooming all summer – no matter how you prune it, with flowers that are pink or blue depending on your soil pH. ‘Blushing Bride’ , ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘Bloom Struck’ are the latest introductions to this line of  easy to grow, large and  lush hydrangeas. ‘Twist and Shout’ is a re-blooming lacecap form, with lacy centers and deep pink sterile flowers that turn blue, again depending on the soil pH. Its red stems are a sign of its parentage of ‘Lady in Red’ hydrangea and its lush green foliage changes to a red-burgundy colour in the fall – outstanding. So many hydrangeas – so little room!

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