Showstopping Hydrangeas

By: Jennifer LaMontagne- Assistant Horticulturist- Bloch’s Farm- Green Lake, WI

            Hydrangeas can liven up any garden with long lasting blooms in a variety of colors. With just a bit of basic care, hydrangeas can grow to fill in spaces in one season. Bloch’s Farm is carrying an abundance of hydrangea varieties this year! Here are just a few that might pique your interest.

Vanilla Strawberry -These hydrangeas get their name from the white blooms that emerge in the summer which gradually begin to turn pink, then strawberry red throughout the season. Vanilla Strawberry hydrangeas can grow up to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, prefer full sun, and well drained soil. Hardiness Zone: 3-8.

Oakleaf – Named because of its oak-like leaves, which start out green and then turn a beautiful wine-red fall color. These hydrangeas can grow up to 6 feet tall and wide, prefer moist to well-drained soil and part sun to shade. Oakleaf hydrangea flowers bloom white in the summer and turn a pretty pink color in fall. Hardiness Zone: 5-9. Bloch’s Farm has Alice and Gatsby Gal oakleaf hydrangea varieties available. 

Confetti – This hydrangea brings beauty in the summer with its large white panicle flowers blooming on long stems. The flowers emerge white and then turn pink from the bottom to top, blooming well into the fall. Confetti grows up to 6 feet tall and produces the most blooms when planted in full sun. Hardiness Zone: 4-8.

Zinfin Doll – This new hardy panicle hydrangea produces large blooms on top of a strong, sturdy stem. The flowers emerge white, then turn pink from the bottom up throughout the beginning of the season, then end in a dark pink-red color. Zinfin Doll grows up to 6 feet tall and wide, and grows best in part sun to sun, with morning sun and afternoon shade being the optimal lighting. Hardiness Zone: 3-8.

Hydrangea Trees – Hydrangeas are typically considered shrubs but some types can be grafted to grow into tree form reaching up to 15 feet tall at maturity. Large beautiful blooms sit atop a tall tree trunk. They can grow in full sun to part shade and prefer moist, well-drained soils. Hardiness Zone: 3-8. Bloch’s Farm has Limelight, Quickfire, Vanilla Strawberry, and Phantom hydrangea trees available. Limelight flowers start out a soft subtle green, then turn a creamy white in the summer, fading to a hint of pink as the flowers age. Quickfire has white blooms to start, which then turn blush pink, and end a deep red fall color. Phantom blooms emerge creamy white, turn pink throughout the summer, and become a dark pink in the fall. 

            Bloch’s Farm is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. We have these hydrangea varieties available as well as many others. Check out our huge selection of perennials, trees, and other shrubs! Stop in today and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you! Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Join us for this weekend’s sale: August 6th – August 8th : In response to the horrific wind storms we’ve had this week, 30% Off All Trees!

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