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Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

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Photo & Text by: Christine Pfister McComas

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’

Many mophead, or big-leaf, hydrangeas died to the ground this harsh winter.  The good news is that they usually regrow from the roots in one summer. The bad news is that, in most cases, there will be no flowers this year, because older varieties bloom only on wood made the year before.  Happily, nurseries have introduced new hydrangeas which produce blooms on both new and old wood.  Problem solved! Some named varieties of ‘remontant’ or re-blooming hydrangeas of note include ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Blushing Bride’. If you prefer the flat blooms of a lace-cap type, go with ‘Twist and Shout’.

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