Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla for Sale Online
The Original Endless Summer Hydrangea Shrubs (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer') bloom on new growth as opposed to most mophead hydrangeas that need multiple seasons to produce blooms. They will produce blooms throughout the spring and summer months giving more color and visual appeal to your garden.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas have bloom clusters that can grow up to 6 inches in diameter, and once your hydrangea gets started, it will bloom pink or blue colors all summer long. These flowers stay true blue in most soil types, but like all classic hydrangeas, the flowers will lean toward lavender or even pink if the soil is less acidic. It only takes a few of these beauties to fill up a bed.
Endless Summer Hydrangea Shrubs are fast-growing flowering shrubs that quickly grow to 6 feet high and just as wide every year. They make great statement plants in your front yard under trees where they can receive partial shade. They also thrive as foundation plants or backing up a classic cottage border. Endless Summer Hydrangeas made it to our "Woodie's Favorite Spring Flowering Shrub" list.
|Mature Height:||3 to 4 feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 feet|
|Classification:||Broad leaved deciduous shrub, summer flowering|
|Sunlight:||Full to partial shade|
|Habit:||Upright, densely branched|
|Flower Color:||Blue in acid soil; pink in alkaline soil|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in late winter, flowers on new wood|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting|
|Pet Friendly:||Toxic to animals|
How to Care for Endless Summer Hydrangea Shrubs
Once you buy a Endless Summer Hydrangea Shrub, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I plant my Endless Summer Hydrangea?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Endless Summer Hydrangea Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Endless Summer Hydrangea because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot.
Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Endless Summer spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
How do I fertilize Endless Summer Shrubs?
Endless Summer Hydrangea naturally has blue flowers however the color can be enhanced by adding soil acidifiers such as Espoma. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical or slow release fertilizer for maximum effect.
Don't fertilize Endless Summer Hydrangea after August. Fall is the time for hydrangeas to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization. "Fertilizer burn" can occur when too much fertilizer is applied, resulting in a drying out of the roots and damage or even death of the hydrangea.
How do I water Endless Summer Hydrangea?
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Endless Summer Hydrangea a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on.
Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
How do I mulch Endless Summer Hydrangea?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Endless Summer Hydrangea with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown.
Mulching helps to keep weeds away that will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.