I actually received these plants October 11th, but I’ve been busy with renovations to my house and didn’t have time to post.
I ordered two hydrangeas, a forsythia and some other perennials and bulbs from American Meadows (link on my sidebar) and the hydrangeas and forsythia came in pots wrapped in little cardboard boxes, which you can see in my photo here. I just took the boxes and “unwrapped” them from around the plant. It was a pretty cool way to ship them with little damage showing.
On the left, is the Limelight hydrangea which has greenish flowers. In the center is the “All Summer Beauty Hydrangea” which (as the tag says) is a hardier cousin to the Nikko Blue.
They were in pretty good shape and it rained for days after they arrived so I set them out on the deck to get watered and adjust to the outdoors during that time. Then I dug big holes and mixed in some Bonemeal with the dirt and watered them well. I planted the All Summer Beauty next to the porch steps and the Limelight at the side yard next to my new red, rhododendron.
All the plants are doing very well and I’ve finally finished planting all my tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs.
Are you a mail order person or do you prefer to buy local – or maybe a bit of both. I have written a page on Buying Perennials about my thoughts on this subject with pros and cons as I see them.