Hydrangea tellers Blue (4' POT) LIVE PLANT,Perennial, SHRUB
Magnificent, bright-blue flowers!
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Tellers Blue’ – 6-8″ lacecap flowers that are of the deepest blue in acidic soils. Midsummer will find this deciduous shrub glowing with large flat flowers composed of very wide dense, deep cerulean blue to indigo sterile florets surrounding tiny fertile flowers even deeper in hue. The color holds well providing a flash of brilliant color through the summer. Accentuating the showy blooms is the bold shiny bright green leaves with a strongly toothed edge. The flower, appearing from summer to autumn, is very wide with darker colored tiny flowers in the center, and large sterile flowers facing up around the outer edge. This is an upright, spreading shrub with green, ovate, serrated leaves.
Hydrangeas are among the showiest of all the flowering shrubs. Spectacular in any landscape design, this dazzling shrub is versatile, vigorous and easy to cultivate. Hydrangeas have huge bouquets of clustered flowers, in various arrangements from lacecap to mophead from summer through fall. Varieties of hydrangea differ in size of plant and flower shape, flower color, and blooming time. Hydrangeas thrive in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.
Hydrangea is hardy from zone 6 to zone 9. So it will grow all across America except for the tip of Florida and the coldest central and eastern states. It will also grow in zone 5, but fewer flowers will be produced, especially after more severe winters. These plants do extremely well in areas with good rainfall and mild winters, so are especially admired and loved throughout the South.
Planting as a Hedge or Screen
Hydrangea should be planted 3 feet apart to make a dense informal hedge or screen. So dig a hole or a trench, two or three times wider than the pot and add plenty of organic material, like peat-moss, compost, rotted leaves or rotted manure to the soil. Place your plants in the hole or trench, replace most of the soil and firm it well down. Then water thoroughly and when the water has drained away replace the rest of the soil, being careful not to cover the roots with any extra soil. Keep well watered and apply mulch each spring to retain moisture.
Hydrangea is the ideal shrub for shady areas. It will do well in the shade from homes and buildings but will also be happy with some sun in the early parts of the day. Do not plant in hot, dry areas or in the afternoon sun. Each spring removes any weak, thin branches and cut back the tip of the stems to the first pair of healthy, fat buds. If you want to retain a lower height, cut back to buds one or two feet lower than the height you want your Nikko Blue Hydrangea hedge to be. If your plants get too large, cut back further, just leaving a few strong branches low down, but you may get fewer flowers the first year after doing this.
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