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Hydrangea 'All Summer Beauty' macrophylla
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'All Summer Beauty' macrophylla blooms on both old and new wood, stunning blue mophead hydrangea that blooms all summer long. Hydrangeas traditionally bloom on "old wood", meaning last year's growth but 'All Summer Beauty' is one of a new breed that reblooms on the current year's growth as well! So you get a lot of blooms in early summer, followed by more blooms in late summer! It is a deciduous shrub with outstanding ornamental flowers. Unlike older varieties, this super-floriferous shrub is hardy right through zone 5 in the north. In the fall its foliage turns a bright yellow before dropping in late fall.
Hydrangeas are among the showiest of all the flowering shrubs. Spectacular in any landscape design, this dazzling shrub is versatile, vigorous and easy to cultivate. This shade of blue is rare to find in garden plants, but 'All Summer Beauty' delivers a deep blue that will be the focal point of your landscape. The flower color of the 'All Summer Beauty' hydrangea depends on the acidity level of the soil. In acidic soil, this hydrangea has deep blue flowers, while in alkaline soil, the blooms tend to be lighter, and sometimes even pink. Hydrangeas have huge bouquets of clustered flowers, in various arrangements from mophead to lacecap from summer through fall. Varieties of hydrangea differ in size of plant and flower shape, flower color, and blooming time. Hydrangeas thrive in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.
Plant Details +
Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'
Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea family)
Partial Shade. Hydrangeas benefit from some shade in the middle of the afternoon, especially in hotter regions.
4-6" - Blue in acid soil; Pink in alkaline soil
General Information +
General Characteristics: 'All Summer Beauty' is best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with constant moisture. Soil pH affects flower color (blue color in highly acidic soils and pink color in slightly acidic to alkaline soils). Add aluminum sulfate to the soil to make flowers bluer or add lime to the soil to make flowers pinker (add any such soil amendments to plant root zone in late autumn or early spring). If you do attempt to change the color of your blooms by adding these minerals, dilute them well, and add sparingly. Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in early spring. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 5.
This big leaf hydrangea cultivar is part of the Hortensia or mophead group (large sterile florets arranged in globular or "mophead"-like panicles). It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit. They feature clusters of blue or pink florets in large, rounded panicles. Large, lustrous, medium green foliage. Expect 'All Summer Beauty' to reach 3 to 4 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can put it in a big container if you like, where it will grow a bit smaller. It's also terrific in the foundation, because even though it's deciduous, the branchy upright silhouette in winter is interesting, and the flowers last forever in summer. It needs partial shade in the south but does well in full sun farther north. Make sure you keep it watered well, but with good soil drainage! Group or mass in a sheltered location of the shrub border. Great cut flower. Also a good specimen or accent for protected locations near homes or patios.
Planting/Care Instructions +
Planting Instructions: 'All Summer Beauty' should be planted in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. When planting your 'All Summer Beauty', the crown (where the stem meets the roots) should be placed just below ground level. Planting deeper can cause the roots to rot. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Once the shrub is placed in the hole, tamp the soil down around it and water. It is a good idea to mulch your hydrangea to help the soil to retain moisture. It should also be fertilized with a light fertilizer in March, May, and July. Hydrangeas require moderate watering during the growing season.