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Azure Skies is an ideal hydrangea. Why? Coverage and repetition.
The flowers are standard-looking mopheads, like any other mophead, but they circumnavigate the bush in coverage. They're all over it! And the branches are strong and don't flop. It's like a textbook example of good hydrangea posture.
Plus, Azure Skies is a repeat bloomer, what we hydrangeaists call remontant. So, they flower in spring and repeat the show in autumn (especially if cut back right after they flower in spring).
The colors are nice and saturated too - pink in alkaline soil; while turning blue in acid.
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This is a new hydrangea from Mike Dirr - thanks for the pics Dr. Dirr!
remontat - meaning it will rebloom to flower twice during long growing seasons
single specimen and accent use
large container use
grouping and massing - large swaths
flower and shrub borders
tolerant of salt spray so great for maritime climates
Give Azure Skies hydrangea rich soil plus consistent moisture in a soil that drains. It may require extra watering, but avoid standing water. Grow it in full shade or afternoon shade in the deep south (zones 8 and 9), not only for the foliage, but so the flowers don't get sun scald. Full sun is okay farther north. For flowering in cold climates, situate it in a warm, sheltered location. During the ups and downs of spring temps here in Zone 8a - we cover to protect flower buds.
The flower color is not as you described, it's paler. Yes, I've come to the conclusion that Hydrangeas don't like to have their flower color profiled and clinically categorized like we humans try to do to everyone and everything. Please keep in mind that flower color varies widly and wildly depending on soil pH and the amount of aluminum actually in your soil, the amount of time aluminum has been availalbe to the plant (did you add Al only last month?), the unique propensity of how each cultivar reacts to Al, and if the flower heads get a touch of sunshine as they age.
The flower color is not as you described, it seems darker to me. Same issues as when it's paler; say after me, "a-lum-i-num-a-vail-a-bil-i-ty plus time plus cultivar plus a touch of sunshine."
This is science for sure, but also a whole lot of art. Enjoy the outcome Mother Nature deals!