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HORT SCIENCE SHELF

Panicle Hydrangea – A Midsummer Night's Dream (with apologies to Shakespeare)

Hillary T
It's the heat of summer and while those spring hydrangeas are a distant memory, there's a hydrangea that will be the show stopper for your summer garden. It's Hydrangea paniculata (panicle hydrangea) with its midsummer extravaganza of blooms. Read how we recommend you take care of it.
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Top 6 Hydrangea Species for Gardens

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We've asked Mariana DiVita to explain the differences between types of hydrangeas. Experts say there are 25 to 80 different species of hydrangeas, but for the average gardener 6 are the most popular. Each species has different cultural requirements - no matter your garden or garden style there is a hydrangea for you!
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What is a Lacecap Hydrangea?

Hillary T
Lacecap are the wild hydrangeas. They are set up by nature to have two kinds of florets in the lacy flower head. The showy outer florets ring the edge of the flower head. Their job is to attract pollinating insects to the less-showy inner fertile florets. It's the job of the fertile flowers to make fruit/seeds and reproduce so the species lives on.
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This Beautiful Hydrangea Hybrid Was Named 'Irish Lace' in a Naming Contest

Hillary T 2 Comments
'Irish Lace' is so exotic looking that we are asked, "is it cold hardy?" One parent, 'Lady in Red', is believed to be one of the hardiest macrophyllas. The other parent, H. angustipetala, is likewise known to be a cold-hardy hydrangea. I double checked with the breeder and he says the hybrid is hardy in 6a. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
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Why is My Hydrangea Not Blooming?

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For this question about Hydrangea macrophylla (commonly called bigleaf or French hydrangea), we've asked Mariana DiVita to help us understand the flowering whims of this hydrangea species. Mariana is a Master Gardener from Cherokee County, Georgia.
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Do I Have to Prune My Hydrangeas?

Hillary T
Dear hydrangea pilgrim, you're freed! You don't have to prune your hydrangea. There are a few circumstances when you'd want to ask yourself, "is it necessary to prune my hydrangea? We'll discuss them right now.
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Things We Learned as a New Nursery at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival

Hillary T
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I knew I loved shopping at plant markets. Now WE know we LOVE being a vendor at plant markets. Already this month we had a plant stand at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville, Georgia. It was good to get out of our Internet shop and chat with people in person. There is a hunger for plant coaching and that's something Mike and I b...
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How to Prune Deadwood from Hydrangea macrophylla, Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hillary T
Deadwood in a hydrangea is defined as last's years stems that have died. They look coarse and scraggly and it's time for them to go. We're going to explain how to prune deadwood from Hydrangeas macrophylla, bigleaf hydrangea. How-to video included.
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How to Deadhead Hydrangeas: Bigleaf Hydrangea and Panicle Hydrangea

Hillary T
Deadheading bigleaf hydrangea flowers is easy and I find it relaxing as can be. Here's a video that shows you how to do it.
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What to do with Christmas Hydrangeas

Hillary T
Good garden parenting for Christmas Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) is actually pretty easy. But . . . there are some important things to consider and I'm going to carefully explain them. 
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Our First Hydrangea Society Meeting & Hydrangea Pairing Ideas

Hillary T
Robert Mallet presented lovely hydrangea pairings from the Shamrock collection at the American Hydrangea Society's October 2017 meeting.
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Why do Leaves Turn Colors in the Fall?

Hillary T
Autumn is a heady time of year for we tree lovers. The colors themselves are lovely, but I especially enjoy watching the layers of color appear in stages as each tree species turns color. First the Dogwood with plenty of still-green trees behind it causing the red or burgundy fall color of the Dogwood to especially pop out of the scene. Then th...
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