Hydrangeas that bloom all summer
Forever and Ever hydrangeas deliver flowers all summer long.
Earlier this week, we talked about the first repeat-blooming hydrangeas, Endless Summer . After a detour into repelling wildlife , we're back to look at a second group of hydrangeas that flower over and over, Forever and Ever .
Both groups are great for gardeners who live in cold climates , where hydrangeas rarely flower because their buds are killed by frost.
And they're the perfect answer for the perennial question, Why didn't my hydrangea bloom ?
But they're great for any yard, because a shrub that flowers all summer definitely gives you more for your money than one that blooms once and that's it.
Except for weather issues , hydrangeas are easy to grow as long as you have a partially sunny spot with well-drained soil and can keep them watered.
There are now seven different Forever and Ever hydrangeas, which are listed for Zones 5-9 . The one that will cause the most comments in your yard is Peppermint – 10-inch blooms with a streak of pink (or blue) down the center. Everyone who's seen mine had to examine the blooms close-up.
Want bright red hydrangea flowers? Forever and Ever delivers. I'll have to say I was very doubtful about the color of these blooms before I grew the plant myself. But it did deliver.
Here's a look at the others. (Another one will be introduced next year.)
In my experience, these repeat-bloomers – both Endless Summer and Forever and Ever – make fine plants for containers . I’ve grown both kinds in big pots for several years, moving them to an unheated garage during winter. (I live in Boston.)
I've gotta say I'm a big fan of both. I can't imagine gardening without them.