As a landscape designer, I have been growing this cultivar of hydrangea for two years now and it is a winner! With stunning blooms from late spring though fall on a compact plant, it is suitable for either a container or garden bed where space is limited. I have found that Let’s Dance ‘Big Band’ overwinters beautifully in a large pot here in zone 7a, and prefers partial shade conditions over sun. I have been enjoying this beauty in a container on my patio, and it continues to please!
Let's Dance Big Band® Reblooming hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
Strike up the band - Let's Dance Big Band hydrangea is here!
An endless drive for improvement is what motivates our big-leaf hydrangea breeding, so for us to make a new introduction, a plant has to be signficantly better than what's already available. That's why Let's Dance Big Band hydrangea has been added to the line: it combines bodaciously big mophead flowers with pure, true colors (pink in neutral/basic conditions, blue in acidic conditions) on a plant that survives winter better and reblooms better. That means more flowers, from the beginning of hydrangea season until the snowflakes fly!
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Top reasons to grow Let's Dance Big Band hydrangea:
- Withstands winter cold better than others
- Big, colorful flowers
- Improved reblooming, for more flowers for a longer periodContinuous Bloom or RebloomerSalt Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:30 InchesSpacing:30 InchesSpread:30 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:Rich violet-purple in acidic soils, saturated pink in basic onesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit: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:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:SummerHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilUses:Border PlantUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Landscapes, perennial gardens, low hedges - big-leaf hydrangeas are versatile garden plants for anywhere you need some summer color.Maintenance Notes:
Soil and exposure: Big-leaf hydrangeas should be planted in moist but well-drained soil - they cannot tolerate wet conditions. It's a good idea to have a 2-3" layer of mulch in all climates. Plant with at least some sun each day; the hotter your climate, the more shade the plant can withstand.
Pruning: big-leaf hydrangeas cannot be pruned at any point in the year without negatively impacting the flowering. As such, it's best to avoid pruning this type of hydrangea altogether. If portions of the plant were damaged from winter weather, they can be removed in spring when it is clear where the new growth is emerging.
Fertilizing: The key to getting reblooming hydrangeas to produce new-wood flower buds is to keep them growing vigorously all summer. Hence, fertilizer can be beneficial. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring, when the ground has thawed, and again in late spring. Never fertilize after late July; that can interfere with the plant going dormant.
Color: The "default" color for big-leaf hydrangeas tends to the pink/red tones, and that is the color they will display in neutral (pH 7.0) or higher soil. The soil must be acidic (at least 6.5 or so) for the blue color to develop, and aluminum, a naturally occurring soil mineral, must be present. If you are not satisfied with the flower color in your yard, get a soil test so that you know exactly what must be changed. We do not recommend applying any kind of treatment "just in case" - that's a waste of time and money, and could potentially lead to pollution or create inhospitable conditions in the soil.Let's Dance Big Band® Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMNHMP' USPP 32,514, Can PBRAF
5141321Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Lee Miller, New York, United States, 16 weeks ago
I love this hydrangea! I was able to pick it up in West Michigan in the Spring of 2020. The blooms are gorgeous, and reblooming has been very strong within the past 4 weeks. I highly suggest you add this to your flower garden! Also, I have found that this guy needs more shade in Zone 5 than is suggested. I had planted it in a 6 hours of sun location, and started seeing signs of stress. Moved it to a spot that only gets morning sun, and it's doing very well. (We did have several days that reached over 94 degrees F, so that may have been a factor too.)Wendy Langeland, Michigan, United States, 3 years ago