By Nate Hellzen, Nursery Supervisor, Dundee Nursery and Landscaping
Most people remember hydrangeas from their childhood, but today we’re falling in love with them all over again. Over the last couple of years hydrangeas have made a large come back in the green industry. Many new plants have been developed with larger, more colorful, and more profuse blooms. Hydrangeas have become ideal shrubs for homeowners wanting to add an ornamental centerpiece to their landscapes.
At Dundee Nursery we have seen this excitement for new and improved hydrangea plants build over the last couple of years. This is why we have added numerous varieties of hydrangeas to our nursery lot, allowing customers to choose from a larger selection and find that unique plant that will fit perfectly into their landscape plans.
Most hydrangeas do well in partial shade locations and like protection from the hot afternoon sun. All hydrangeas need adequate moisture in order to thrive. Hydrangeas can grow in full sun locations, but will require more moisture to deal with heat.
Some of the newest hydrangeas Dundee Nursery has added include the Endless Summer Series, which includes the ‘Original,’ ‘Twist-n-Shout,’ and ‘Bella Anna’ Hydrangeas. Each of these provides customers with, as the name “Endless Summer” implies, blooms lasting throughout the summer ranging in color from light blues and purples to vibrant pinks. Other new hydrangeas include some paniculata varieties. Paniculatas are named for their panicle-shaped blooms. The blooms develop vibrant pink hues as they age. Some new paniculatas include ‘Quickfire,’ ‘Pinky Winky,’ ‘Fire and Ice,’ and ‘Little Lime’.
Many people have heard the saying “Oldie but Goodie.” The Annabelle Hydrangea fits this perfectly, having been around for many years and providing homeowners with those large, can’t-forget, white flower heads. The ‘Incrediball’ Hydrangea is a new hydrangea that has been developed to have stronger, sturdier stems so they don’t flop over as much as the Annabelle. It’s also good to mention that the blooms could reach 12” across providing larger blooms then the old fashioned Annabelle.
With numerous hydrangea varieties available today, feel free to stop into Dundee Nursery today and ask our friendly staff to help find the perfect hydrangea for your landscape.