This beautiful hydrangea is the “glory of my garden” with enormous flowers that peak in mid July and last well into August before they start to lose their brilliance. It was only 3 feet high in a gallon container without blooms when I purchased it . The picture on the tag showed large flower blooms which was exactly what I wanted.
Starting in the spring and throughout bloom time in the summer, I nurture it by giving it fertilizer (granular) a few times each season and of course , I give it water each day . The flowers bloom in mid July and the are magnificent, white as snow, and measure 8 inches long and 4 ” wide. After the flowers are past their peak , the flower color changes to slightly green, and finally beige and become dryer. At the end of September , faithfully , I trim back the shrub 1/3 its size all the way around. Pruning scissors work best because they are more rigid and have rubber grips for easier handling. Cut the branches on an angle 45 degrees. Pruning back the shrub will allow it to grow full with many blooms the following year.
This is the fourth year and it has grown almost 6 ft tall and 5 ft wide all the way around. It is the talk of all the guests who visit in the summer. It is my pride and joy and I treat with love and care knowing it will be back next year in all it’s glory.