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.

Selected by plant breeder, Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeck and named after a Flemish children's super hero, this fantastic recently introduced Hydrangea develops into a sturdy fast growing deciduous shrub with broad deep green veined leaves and strong compact branches that proudly uphold a marvelous action-packed floral display. Large conical heads, emerging pure white and gradually broadcasting rosy red shades in late summer, make exquisite additions to cut arrangements, fresh or dried, and assert long lasting loveliness, even to a frosty midwinter landscape.

Hardy, adaptable and easily pruned for smaller garden spaces, 'Mega Mindy' looks valiant as a coarsely textured specimen along a woodland's edge amid swaths of fine bladed grasses like Sesleria and Pennisetum. (pp#23,070)

Blooms early July–October.

Size: 5-1/2' high x 4-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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