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.
The Limelight hydrangea (paniculata) is popular for it’s size and stunning, large white flowers that become light green. The shrub will grow to be very large (8-9 feet tall and can be pruned into a tree) and the blooms last from mid-summer through Fall when the flowers may change color becoming pinkish.
The best thing about hydrangeas, besides their huge flowers, color variety (as if that wasn’t enough!) is their long lasting blooms. Does any other flower last as long? I can’t think of one. And then in fall, the flowers can be dried to last all winter. Show me something better!
I don’t know much about the limelight hydrangea, so I am finding out.
It is hardy in zones 3-8
Very hardy and can withstand drought conditions once established
Flower color can’t be changed by soil amendments
Flowers are held upright on the end of stems (no dragging on the ground)