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Celebrating the Beauty of Hydrangeas

One of the most beautiful flowering shrubs

Dusanka Marusic gardens in Helwett Harbor, New York. We’ve visited this lovely garden before (Hurricanes Can’t Stop This Garden).

But in today’s post, we’re looking back at the summer and enjoying the incredible beauty of hydrangeas in Dusanka’s garden.

Hydrangea macrophyllaHydrangea macrophylla, the bigleaf hydrangea, is the most iconic of the garden hydrangeas. The plants can survive into Zone 5, but in cold climates the branches often die back to the ground, eliminating the overwintering buds that produce flowers. New reblooming varieties are more likely to flower in colder zones, but these shrubs are still at their best in Zone 6 or 7 and warmer.

purple hydrangeaHydrangea flower heads are made up of two types of blooms: tiny fertile flowers (seen in the center here) and larger, showy, sterile flowers (around the outside) that serve to attract pollinators. Forms like this, with just a few showy sterile flowers around the outside, are called lacecaps, and they are the form seen on this species in the wild.

mophead hydrangeasHydrangeas like this, with many large, sterile flowers, are called “mophead” hydrangeas and are a showier form selected by gardeners.

Bigleaf hydrangeasBigleaf hydrangeas famously vary in color from pinks and reds through purples and true blues. The color of the flowers depends on the genetics of the plant and soil conditions. Hydrangeas need aluminum to make blue pigments, and aluminum is more available in acidic soil, so acidic soil tends to cause the flower to shift blue, while alkaline soil makes them shift toward pink. They are beautiful, whatever the color!

lacecap hydrangeaThese elegant lacecap hydrangea blooms are beginning to fade from their bright colors into tan and brown. Hydrangea flowers last a very long time and are beautiful at every stage of development.

pink and purple hydrangeasHydrangeas are notable for blooming in summer in shade. Shade gardens are often just green in summer, so hydrangeas add a welcome note of color.

multi-colored hydrangeaThis hydrangea is showing its ability to morph to a wide variety of colors, all of them beautiful.


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    treasuresmom 11/23/2020

    Wow, those hydrangeas are sure pretty!

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    simplesue 11/23/2020

    So nice to see your beautiful Hydrangeas while I sit inside on this dark rainy autumn day!
    Very inspiring to see, and reminds me to work my soil to get my own "Color Fantasy" Hydrangea into the deep purples!

  3. wittyone 11/23/2020

    It's easy to get stuck on hydrangeas. All those different heights, colors, types and lately those reblooming ones. You could just have hydrangeas and not need anything else!

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    cynthia2020 11/23/2020

    Dusanka - I like the second photo from the top - Hydrangea macrophylla that is really sharp and shows a lot of detail in the flowers. Also like the photo that is second to last that shows a wide view of your garden. Thank you for sharing your lush garden with us!

    1. Dusanka 11/23/2020

      Thank You

  5. Rebeccazone7 11/23/2020

    Reminds me of a lacecap I brought back from Virginia years ago. I tried everything and everywhere. I gave a piece to a friend and it's now happily blooming for her. Limelights do great by me, however so I'll stick with them. Yours are beautiful.

    1. Dusanka 11/23/2020

      It was an exceptional year I think, Thank You

  6. btucker9675 11/23/2020

    Love hydrangeas! I had many in my NJ garden but have to place them carefully here in NC to protect them from the heat of the summer sun. Thank you for sharing these beauties!

  7. Musette1 11/23/2020

    SO pretty! Love all the different colors! Mine are all white (by design - but still... those colors are gorgeous) thanks for sharing !!!

    1. Dusanka 11/23/2020

      I’m thinking of adding a row of white in front, which type did you chose?

  8. Dusanka 11/23/2020

    Thank You for your kind words everyone

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