Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
Dependable hydrangea in our garden - it always gets killed to the ground in winter, but it quickly regrows into an attractive shrub, and by late spring it flowers on the new wood - mostly blue, but a little pink sometimes creeps in: our soil must be not quite acidic enough to keep a true blue. Because of the winter-kill, ours never gets taller than about 2'.
|ordinary garden soil
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|May 06, 2009
|In out area of East Texas these plants sometimes get zapped back by a winter freeze but they come back in the Spring. Right now mine have grown up to waist high since I didn't get around to pruning them. Every couple of years I have to add some Aluminum Sulfate to keep them blue. Mix it away from the core of the plant ... mixing into the top of the soil in a circle around the plant. Would do this about a week or so after your regular fertilizing. This is an easy plant to start from cuttings and makes a good container plant for the patio.
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