Bigleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata')
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Genus:  Hydrangea
This mound-forming shrub has white leaf margins and blue or pink lacecap inflorescences.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Lacecap type with contrasting, white-edged leaves.
Care:  Grow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Provide shelter from drying winds. This plant flowers on the previous season's wood, and can be maintained by cutting back just to the first pair of buds beneath the old flower in spring.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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