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What are the best blue or pink Hydrangeas?

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016  |  42 Views

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The best of the best hydrangeas according to respected plantsman Michael A. Dirr (hydrangeas in the blue or pink range of color tints, depending on the soil's pH): 

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’, pink to rich blue, cold hardy to -11°; mildew susceptible; robust, 6'; shade garden worthy after two years; re-growth with abundant flower buds after some dieback .

H. 'Endless Summer', 'Decatur blue', David Ramsey', 'Oak Hill', 'Penny Mac' - Remontant types; quite similar; intensely researched at the U. Of Georgia; flower on new growth; foliage flat medium green; moderate mildew susceptibility; 3 to 5 feet high and wide;  suffered cold damage in trials but the new shoots develop flower buds and fully expressed inflorescences; all five laden with flowers.

H. 'Generale Vicomtesse de Vibraye' - opening soft cream-yellow, finally pink to blue; entire to serrated sepals; 8 feet high; one of the early French hybrids; stems spotted (speckled) wine-red; medium green leaves; mildew susceptible, shade garden grown; tested after two years, strong growth with no dieback; abundant flowers.

H. 'Nikko Blue'- Popular true remontant nature after it froze to the ground in trials.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mini Penny’. For more information visit this mini penny information page.


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Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


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