It was hard to categorize this hydrangea as noteworthy for its foliage or for its flowers because it is really the combination of its black stems and pastel pink blooms that makes it so striking. The stems are superstrong too, holding the oversize blooms upright even in heavy rains. The dark purple stems contrast brilliantly with the bright green leaves as well, giving this shrub interest even when not in bloom.
If you grew up on the East Coast as I did, you know that hydrangeas are an iconic plant. I dare anyone to visit Cape Cod in the summer and not swoon when they see those billowy blue blossoms spilling over white picket fences. It was only when I started traveling around North America that I realized tons of gardeners from places outside the East adore hydrangeas as well. In the Pacific Northwest, they can’t get enough of panicle…
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