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Let's Dance® Rave® Reblooming hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

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Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
24 - 36"
Spread
24 - 36"
  • Details

    Features

    Love purple? Love hydrangeas? Let's Dance Rave hydrangea is the perfect pick!

    We spent years evaluating Let's Dance Rave hydrangea for not just superior good looks but also outstanding performance. It's simply one of the best rebloomers we've ever introduced! That means that it blooms on old wood in early summer, then as it continues to grow, it keeps making new flower buds for more blooms in the following weeks. The big, bold blooms may be a deep saturated pink in neutral to basic/alkaline soil and an intriguing violet in acidic conditions. Glossy, dark green foliage resists disease for a picture-worthy performance, year after year.

    All of the Let's Dance hydrangeas are developed in Michigan and evaluated for better resistance to winter damage as well as improved ability to rebloom, even in areas with shorter summers. 

    Top reasons to grow Let's Dance Rave hydrangea:

    - Developed in Michigan for improved cold climate performance

    - Handsome, disease-resistant foliage

    - Purple flowers on a reblooming hydrangea

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Salt Tolerant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Rich violet-purple in acidic soils, saturated pink in basic ones
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Dried Flower
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses 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® Rave® Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMNHMSIGMA' USPP 26,929, Can 5,628
  • 1 Review

    • Rave is definitely a Hydrangea to Rave about. Mine blooms all summer with a dozen big blooms in Royal Blue, growing next to all pink Hydrangeas. The Tag is still on year 2 so it is definitely Rave. Wish I could attach a photo. I currently have about 65 varieties of Hydrangeas and Rave is one of my consistently reliable bloomers in Full Sun.

      CAROLE KINCAID
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 45 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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