Hydrangeas Fading Blooms Are Beautiful

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When I grew hydrangeas in my New England yard, my favorite time of year was end of summer. The blooms would begin to fade and change color. Sometimes they didn’t look all that great, and at other times the Fall colors could be even more beautiful.

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Fading pink bloom

I didn’t have pink flowering hydrangeas. Mine bloomed white (Blushing Bride) or blue (Endless Summer).  Usually the blue flowers would turn an amazing green color, like the picture below.

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Blue hydrangea bloom fading to green and pink

Even the dried flowers left on stems add beauty to a winter landscape.

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Dried hydrangea bloom still on the stem as snow falls.
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Fading Pink Hydrangea Bloom

Fall is an awesome time to look forward to. Summer heat is gone, and changes in the yard bring new colors to enjoy. Don’t be sad. Spring and summer will come again and offer a whole new set of flowers to enjoy.

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Pale green and pink hydrangea flower

All flower photos on this page came from the free, public domain site Pixabay.

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  1. I love your blog – as I love the Paniculata hydrangeas and didn’t know anything about them – so I linked to your blog in my latest posting about a B&B in France – Un Parfum de Violette. These hydrangeas are really new in New Zealand and what you have written has been really informative for me. I have tried taking cuttings and that has worked quite well. But how do you encourage them to make thicker stems!

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      First, thanks for the link, and your kind compliment. I assume you want thicker stems to hold up those big flower heads. All I can say is that as the plant ages it will become stronger. There will be woody stalks to help support the flowers. Glad to hear your cuttings have taken root, but I’ve found that a better way to get a new plant is to do the root layering method. Once I dug up the little rooted stems and planted them, I had good size hydrangea plants by the following year! See my post here: https://hydrangeasblue.com/2014/06/04/new-free-hydrangeas-propagating-my-blushing-bride/ Have fun!

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