Hydrangea macrophylla Color Fantasy®
Hydrangea macrophylla Color Fantasy®

Hydrangea macrophylla Color Fantasy®

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Bigleaf Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Height: 30-36" Spacing: 3-4'
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Savor the rich colors of this little gem, with its reddish or deep purple flowers and shiny, dark green leaves. A little beauty that grows about 3' tall, so is perfect for smaller gardens or areas where other Hydrangeas would soon overwhelm their neighbors. In late summer, the foliage takes on red shades. Blooms on old wood.

For gardeners in Zone 5, we advise planting H. macrophyllas in a sheltered location and giving them a winter mulch. This will provide protection from winds and cold temperatures that can damage flower buds.

For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Love this little guy

carol from Chicago

I got this plant in April and it didn't have the most auspicious beginning. Due to health problems (mine,not the plant's!) it sat on the back deck in its box for several weeks with no to little care. When I was finally able to plant it, it had one big bloom and the plant itself was much bigger and better looking than a hydrangea I had purchased from another site. Zip to Sep - it's bloomed all summer, just 1 or 2 blossoms at a time, the color ranging from violet to wine red. The foliage is also dark. This plant is perfect for the spot, which gets 2-3 hours of early morning sunlight. My last hydrangea I had there never produced blooms although it was very bushy and healthy looking (it bloomed just fine after I moved it). Looking forward to seeing how this little guy will look next summer!

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it was lovely for one season

A viewer from Harwinton, CT

I bought this due to the amazing purple color of this plant, I received so many compliments on the color, but it never came back, I some how lost this hydrangea, very upsetting I was looking forward to enjoying it year after year.

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Received in splendid form

A viewer from Chesapeake VA

I have ordered enough plants through mail to know better than to have high expectations about their initial vitality and appearance. I expected this hydrangea to arrive as not much more than a stem and withered leaves. To my delight, Color Fantasy arrived as the most well-packaged, fully fleshed out plant I ever have received. It was retail- and landscape-ready. I love its compact form, deep green leaves and strong stems. I didn't even wait an hour to plant it. I don't yet know how it will bloom (violet to eggplant over a long course, I hope), so I will revisit this post next growing season.

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Laurie Gill from Boone

We love this mop head, one of the few that blooms in shade. The leaves are dark green and sturdy and all 7 bushes bloomed the first year. I needed to fill a hole under some old evergreens so we bought these. Under one of them it bloomed pink; under the other this glorious purple. I'm crazy about it. Being a little neurotic, I cut many of the blooms off so the roots would grow stronger the first year. The plants are super healthy and I watered as needed but not too much. I pinned some flexible branches down, too, to see if I can root them in situ. LOVE THEM and recommend them highly. Can't wait to get them a little bigger and next year let their blooms do their thing.

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What a sowstopper

Sally bugs from Columbus Ohio

Within a week of planting we had 8 huge blossoms on this tiny plant. It is the most glorious shade of deep purple that fades into a deep red. Outstanding show this little one has put on!

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh 

Growing H. macrophylla

Some Hydrangea macrophylla varieties flower on old wood, and must carry their flower buds through the winter. Early or late freezes may damage flower buds and prevent them from blooming. For example, in Zone 5, bloom may only succeed 3 years out of 5, but the plant itself is hardy there. Fortunately for gardeners in cooler zones, recent introductions will likely bloom for them, as they flower on new growth as well as year-old stems.

Light/Watering: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). In many H. macrophylla varieties, flower color is determined by the pH of the soil; at low pH (acid soils) flowers will be blue and at higher pH, flowers will be pink. Generally, a pH below 5.0 results in deep, vivid blues and as the pH rises the flowers range from blue to lavender to mauve to a vivid deep pink at pH 7.0 (neutral). The pH determines the availability of aluminum in the soil; this element is more readily available in acid soils, and this availability results in the blue flower color. Since phosphorus ties up aluminum in soils, using a fertilizer low in this nutrient will aid in attaining blue flowers. If pink flowers are desired and your soil is acid, simply add lime to raise the pH and use a balanced fertilizer. Aluminum sulfate will lower pH if blue flowers are desired.

How to test your soil?

We recommend that you visit your local Cooperative Extension Service to find out about soil testing in your area. Follow this link for a directory of institutions involved in the Cooperative Extension program.

We also offer a Soil pH Meter, which allows you to test your soil and provides quick, accurate results.

For our complete selection of Hydrangea growing supplies, click here.

Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.

Pruning: If your Hydrangea is growing too large, prune to the desired size by the end of August. In spring, only prune out dead wood once the new growth has emerged. This includes H. m. 'Big Daddy,' H. m. Cityline® Mars, H. m. Cityline® Rio, H. m. Cityline® Venice, H. m. Color Fantasy®, H. m. Double Delights™ Star Gazer, H. m. Everlasting™ Amethyst, H. m. 'Lady in Red,' H. m. Light-O-Day®, H. m. 'Nikko Blue,' H. m. Pink Shira™, and Paraplu®. These varieties bloom on old wood.

For mophead varieties blooming on both old and new wood, by the end of August cut back stems by about half if plants are growing too tall. Remove some of the oldest stems at ground level to thin out the shrub as needed. In spring, only prune out dead wood once the new growth has emerged. This includes H. m. 'Blushing Bride,' H. m. Double Delights™ Star Gazer, H. m. Endless Summer®, H. m. Endless Summer® Bloomstruck™, H. m. Everlasting® Revolution, H. m. Let's Dance® Big Easy, Let's Dance® Blue Jangles®, H. m. Let's Dance® Moonlight, Let's Dance® Rave™, H. m. Let's Dance® Starlight, H. m. Mystical® Opal, H. m. Nantucket Blue™, H. m. Pistachio, and H. m. Twist-n-Shout™.

Reflowering: Regularly deadheading the spent blooms of H. macrophylla that bloom on both old and new wood helps encourage repeat bloom on the current year's growth.

Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring.

End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi. For gardeners in Zone 5, we recommend covering the stems with a 12” layer of organic material such as straw or mulched leaves to help preserve the flower buds through the cold winter. In addition, you may wrap your Hydrangea with burlap to protect it from winds and cold temperatures.

Calendar of Care

Mid-Spring: Prune out any dead wood from all varieties. Check soil pH and adjust up or down if needed for desired flower color. Feed plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl. Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed.

Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew. In Zone 5, cover the stems with a 12” layer of organic material such as straw or mulched leaves to help flower buds overwinter. You may also wrap your Hydrangea with burlap to protect it from winds and cold temperatures.

For more information on growing Hydrangeas, click here.


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