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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Posted By: Marian Vaughan in Shrubs

​​​Without doubt, macrophylla hydrangeas are very high on any list of most popular summer & fall shrubs in the Pacific Northwest.  Here we offer conditions ideal to keep them in beauty: abundant rainfall in the growing season, acid  soil to keep them the most exquisite blue, with variations possible through treatment, up to and including deepest pink and even variations of colour on the same shrub. Our long falls allow us to enjoy the variation of colour in the flowers as they age. Last, but not least, our mild winters allow us to give them the pruning they like best: having their dried flowers left on all winter, then each sturdy stem cut back to the nearest set of buds.


Not surprisingly, people gardening in colder climates covet hydrangeas for all their manifold beauties, but find it very difficult to provide the conditions they need, a particular difficulty being allowing the stems to stand all winter.  Aware of this demand, breeders have turned their minds to ways to address these difficulties and recent years have seen a number of new strains of macrophylla hydrangeas come onto the market, each addressing the problem in different ways.  While this has expanded opportunities for eastern gardeners it has also greatly enlarged the situations in which we here can grow this wonderful plant.

Perhaps the most exciting is the CityLine strain of hydrangeas.  Blooming, like all macrophyllas on OLD wood, they have been bred to stay very compact: 12-36" wide and tall (for us, undoubtedly closer to the high end).  For gardeners in colder climes, this means they are more easy to protect over the winter (where the plants will likely be smaller).  For us, they still offer a lot for today's smaller gardens and are especially well suited to containers.
 

Cityline Hydrangea Comparison

Variety
Name
Bloom
Desc.
Colour
(Acidic)
Colour
(Alkaline)
Size Blooms On
'Berlin' Lovely flowers with white centres Blue Pink 1-3 ft Old Wood
'Mars' Flowers are white edged violet Violet Deep Pink 1-3 ft Old Wood
'Paris' Reddest of the line, requires aluminum to turn blue Blue Vivid Red 1-2 ft x 2-3 ft Old Wood
'Rio' Early flowering     Strong Blue Purple 2-3 ft Old Wood
'Venice' Flowers green with age Blue Hot Pink 1-3 ft Old Wood
'Vienna' Traditional macrophylla flowers Violet - Blue Pink 1-3 ft Old Wood
Find out more about thie Cityline series on Proven WInner's Website.


Another wonderful line is the Seaside Serenade group, also bred to remain relatively compact.  Named for various sites on the east coast of New England, they are spectacular shrubs with bicolour flowers, and extra thick stems. Additionally, they have been bred to provide interesting fall colour.  They too bloom mostly on OLD wood, although some form new shoots on that wood in the season, which produce more flowers, though smaller.  In colder climates, this means that if the original wood is partly lost to winter, there will still be some flowers.  Here in the lower mainland, we get a first wonderful flush and then a continuation of fresh coloured flowers through the fall.
 

Seaside Serendae Hydrangea Comparison

Variety
Name
Bloom
Desc.
Colour
(Acidic)
Colour
(Alkaline)
Size Blooms On
'Cape Cod' Each floret has white centre Blue Pink 4 ft Old & New Wood
'Cape Lookout' Colour changer, huge blooms, great fall foliage Green→ White→ Pink Same 3.5 x 3 ft Old Wood
'Cape May' Only lacecap (serrata hybrid) of group Blue Pink 2-4 ft Old Wood
'Fire Island' Flowers are white edged with main colour Deep Blue Deep Pink 3.5 ft Old Wood
'Hamptons' Two-toned flowers of distinctive colour Intense Blue Intense Pink 3 x 3.5 ft Old Wood
Find out more about the Seaside Seranade series on Monrovia's Website.



Finally, there is the Endless Summer group, which name has unfortunately given rise to  a myth: that they flower entirely on new wood (like the smooth leaf or Annabelle varieties) and thus can be cut right back, like an Annabelle hydrangea. This is unfortunately not the case.  These hydrangeas (like Seaside Serenade) send out new shoots, which do bloom later in the season. But they form these shoots on OLD wood, the first and largest blooms still arise from the tops of wood formed the previous season. In colder climates, gardeners are advised to mulch them over the winter to preserve that old wood. It obviously takes a lot out of a plant to keep churning out new growth, so increased nourishment is likely to be required as well as intelligent pruning.  
 

Endless Summer Hydrangea Comparison

Variety
Name
Bloom
​​​​​​​Desc.
Colour
(Acidic)
Colour
(Alkaline)
Size Blooms On
'Bloomstruck' Glossy leaves; does bloom on new shoots Violet - Blue Rose - Pink 3-4 x 4-5 ft Old & New Wood
'Blushing Bride' Soft colours White→ Soft Blue Same 3-6 ft Old & New Wood
'Endless Summer' First to introduce this tendency Blue Pink 3-4x 4-5 ft Old & New Wood
'Summer Crush' Intense colour Violet - Blue Raspberry 1.5-3 ft Old & New Wood
'Twist & Shout' Lacecap with vivid red, sturdy stems Periwinkle Blue Deep Pink 3-5 ft Old & New Wood

Find out more about the Endless Summer series on the Endless Summer Website.

With so many varieties to choose from, here in the Pacific Northwest we can find a hydrangea for any situation and any taste.  





Thursday, October 9, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

As one of the largest North American growers, Monrovia is constantly introducing new and exciting plants, shrubs and trees into the gardens of Canada and the USA. In 2014, some of their more interesting selections include compact trees, colourful shrubs and a whole host of other types of plants. Here are six new selections available at Arts Nursery for Fall 2014

Enchantress Hydrangea

Enchantress Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'monmar'

Enchantress is an exquisite new re-blooming hydrangea with stately ruby-black stems supporting big, beautiful, mophead flowers. Blooms continuously through summer with blue flowers in acidic soils and pink flowers in more alkaline soils. Flowers fade to lovely cream-splashed green. This variety is prized for cut or dried flower arrangements. It is an enchanting selection for the mixed shrub border.  It forms a rounded shrub that reaches 3-5ft tall and wide. Best grown in part sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to USDA zones 6-9. If necessary, prune after flowering.

SilverRay Korean Pine

SilverRay Korean Pine

Pinus koraiensis 'Silverray'

Few things are as enchanting as a mixed collection of evergreen conifers in the winter garden. Silver Ray Korean Pine is a bright conifer with silvery-blue coloured, long needled foliage on a semi-dwarf narrow tree. It is a tidy landscape specimen for residential as well as commercial use. Forms a tall, dense screen when planted in a row or shines as an individual specimen. Grows to 8ft tall and 4ft wide in 10 years, ultimately reaching 30ft tall and 10ft wide at maturity. Best when planted in full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to USDA zones 4-9.

Camouflage Japanese Aralia / Fatsia

Camouflage Variegated Japanese Aralia / Fatsia

Fatsia japonica 'Camouflage'

Camouflage is a highly sought after new Fatsia variety from Monrovia. Each leaf of this shrub or small tree possesses an exquisite melding of yellow, lime and green, providing an illuminating effect in a dappled shade setting. Prized for its unique, highly textural foliage, it often blooms fall to winter, producing showy panicals of white flower clusters followed by black seed clusters. While Camouflage Fatsia is evergreen, it does better with some winter protection. Planting it close to the house, near or under overhangs or large trees is beneficial. Best when planted in part sun but will tolerate full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Excessive yellowing could be a sign of too much sun. Grows 5-8ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

Ginkgo Jade Butterfly

Jade Butterfly Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba Jade Butterfly

Jade Butterfly is a new variety of deciduous Ginkgo tree that forms an attractive vase shape with bright green uniquely shaped leaves and lovely gold fall colour. Greenish-yellow flowers appear in mid-spring. It is a slow growing, dense foliaged variety that makes a striking specimen. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Reaches 12-15ft in height and up to 10ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Magenta Saxifrage

Magenta Saxifrage

Saxifraga fortunei 'Magenta'

Brighten the cool season garden with sprays of vibrant magenta-pink flower clusters held above compact mounds of fantastic, bronze tinged foliage.Blooms in late fall to late winter. Plant this quintessental woodland garden perennial along pathway borders, in a lightly shaded rock garden or add for contrast to mixed containers plantings. Best in full to partial shade. Grows 6-10 inches in height and spread. Herbaceous perennial.

Red Berry Holly

Red Berry Holly

Ilex x 'Rutzan'

While not completely new, this outstanding Holly variety is well worth the mention. Red Berry produces abundant crops of tiny white spring flowers, followed by bright red berries. Both are combined with dense, deep green foliage to create an annual spectacle. It is a beautiful specimen or a hedge. Use for framing an entrance or lining a drive. Maintains its dense form with little or no pruning. Evergreen. grows 7-10 ft tall and 4-5ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-10. Performs best in full to part sun and needs regular watering.

 


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