Very few families of shrubs can rival the flower power of hardy hydrangea shrubs and trees in our northern tier states. Hardy hydrangeas bloom starting in late June with Quickfire Hydrangea and Little Quickfire, then in July we see blossoms on Vanilla Strawberry and Pink Diamond Hydrangea.
By late July, Limelight, Little Lime, and Bobo Hydrangea along with
Firelight Hydrangea are starting to show lots of luscious blossoms. In mid to late August, Tardiva Hydrangea blossoms finally form, and last all the way to mid-October.
Paniculata is the botanical name for this family of incredibly hardy hydrangea and I don’t mean just barely hardy. Many have shown they can thrive for decades in places where temperatures hit 40 to 50 degrees below zero, like Ely and International Falls.
Not only are hardy hydrangea able to withstand the bitter cold, they are prolific bloomers, covering the entire shrub with mounds of big blossoms that last for two months or longer! Most often sold as shrubs, many of the hardy hydrangeas are also available in tree form.
As with most newly planted trees and shrubs, the first year of watering is very important. Hydrangeas like to be kept watered during their first year of establishment.
Here at Knecht’s, we currently carry the following varieties of hardy hydrangea –
Bobo, Little Lime, Little Quickfire, Firelight, Pink Diamond, Limelight, Vanilla Strawberry, Strawberry Sundae, Pink Diamond, Quick Fire and Zinfin Doll. Representing other families of hydrangeas we also carry are the Incrediball, Invincibelle Spirit and Bloomstruck Hydrangea (which blossoms blue/purple blossoms).
Get in on the FLOWER POWER this summer by checking out all of the hydrangea shrubs and trees that produce boatloads of blossoms. They are sure to please your eye for years to come.