Green Hydrangeas, Where Do They Come From?

Some people love the uniqueness of green hydrangeas and some wonder why their bright blue blooms fade away to ugly green. Everyone is different. But if you wonder where green blooms come from – they are seldom found in nurseries – the answer is they come from blue blooms, and sometimes from late in the season white-flowering plants (Blushing Bride).

The Limelight hydrangea can also have green flowers, especially in early stages of growth. It’s flower is elongated in shape so it is different than the blue macrophylla, big leaf hydrangea, I’m writing about here.

Beautiful blue hydrangea flower up close
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Hydrangeas Fading Blooms Are Beautiful

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.

The Ever Changing Hydrangea Flower – August Blooms

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Many colored blooms on Blushing Bride.

Hydrangeas could be called the great, morphing flower.  From the time they bloom in June and July until Fall arrives, the flowers undergo amazing and wondrous changes.

My white flowering “Blushing Bride” is showing some unusual color combos as it ages.  The once all-white huge flower is now mostly green with some pink on each petal.  On the same bush, I have a white flower that seems to be changing to light blue, and some smaller, light green blooms.

By this time of year, late summer, any hydrangea shrub which had held bright blue flowers now has odd-colored blooms that no longer resemble the pretty blue.

It’s not really a bad thing, but the coloring is a bit hard to categorize.  It’s a combo of green, purple, pink and maybe some blue tint still left.  I suppose it depends on your garden dirt.

That is the thing about hydrangeas.  They are never dull.  Even as they age they can still be very interesting and lovely.

green hydrangea flower

Watching This White Hydrangea Flower Turn Green

As you can see in my photos below, the hydrangea flower on the plant named “Blushing Bride” is going through a change to green as it ages.

It started off white, then began showing cream or ivory colored petals mixed with the white.  Now it’s taking on a definite greenish appearance.

However, if your soil alkalinity is different from mine, your Blushing Bride flower may be pink or blue.  This is one type of hydrangea which has flowers that will be various colors according to the type of soil.

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Recently planted Blushing Bride shrub with new flower just beginning to grow (top).
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Ivory colored petals beginning to show.
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Now the white flower is turning green.