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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Wave’
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Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed vessels. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Himalayas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of two species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America.

Easily grown, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house. If, like us, you’ve tired of the commoner sort, these delicacies will be a welcome surprise.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Wave’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

This choice lace-cap Hydrangea deserves center stage, where its lovely large flowers, in shades of lilac to bright blue, can create a colorful splash. Brushed with streaks of claret as they mature, the blossoms are still alluring in November, and if picked at the right time will dry to an exquisite silvery blue. Handsome and robust, the glossy foliage often displays burgundy-hued margins as it cloaks green branches flecked in red. ‘Blue Wave’ is irresistible next to Philadelphus ‘Snow Dwarf’, while golden-leafed Carex skirts below.

Blooms mid-August – November.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Wave’ (S-0302)
Each $13.75
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