I have four of these beautiful hydrangeas in my backyard. They need part sun and plenty of water to look their best in zone 8. The size projections on the plant profile are too small. My four are all between three and four feet tall and wide. They have been planted in their current location for about three years after two years in a subprime location in my front yard.
Cityline® Mars Bigleaf hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:12 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 48 InchesSpread:12 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:Pink. Blue in more acidic soils with aluminum availability.Foliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark Green, glossy.Habit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:ModerateBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Compact variety does very well in both containers and landscapes. May be used in mixed borders and perennial gardens. If grown in a container it should be planted in the ground in fall.Maintenance Notes:
Best in well-drained soil that has been amended with peat moss, leaf mold or compost. Flourishes by the ocean. Pruning is usually not needed, but may be pruned immediately after flowering. Prefers moist soils. May need winter protection in northern areas. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application. Flower color is affected by pH. For blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic and for pink flowers the soil must be more alkaline. Add aluminum sulfate to the soil to encourage blue flower color.
Amazing variegated flowers on a no-prune plant!
Distinctive variegated mophead flowers range from deep indigo-blue to magenta-pink. The long-lasting blooms age to an attractive green as they age. Like other Cityline hydrangeas, Mars is a dwarf plant that does not need pruning to stay nice and compact. Use it as a foundation plant, or as a show-stopping specimen in a container garden. The glossy green foliage is very mildew-resistant.Cityline® Mars Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ramars' N/A
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Alene, Washington, United States, 2 years ago
Gorgoues blumes. Planted 3 plants on the east side of my house. Planted in new well drained soil. Now in the spring they are starting to get leaves. I am really excited to see their blooms this year.nichole boese, Washington, United States, 2 years ago
Planted one three years ago and I have never gotten any flowers! I have 5 other varieties that have all done well in my yard but this was a dud.Lauren, Massachusetts, United States, 3 years ago
Erin, 12 years ago