Count on three colorful seasons from this pretty lacecap developed by Dr. Michael Dirr. Large, deep green leaves display their red stems and veins, then turn burgundy in fall. The flowers open with pinkish white outer petals surrounding a rosy pink center on alkaline soils, light blue outer petals with centers maturing to deeper blue on acid soils. Blossoms retain their color even in the midsummer heat. Multi-stemmed, compact, with good mildew resistance. PP 15,175
Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall -- quiet time for most woody plants -- and are worth having for that reason alone. For information on Hydrangea care, click on Growing Guide & Tips.