I planted three "wee bit giddy" hydrangeas this spring in a location that gets full sun from late morning onwards. They are doing great, although I do have to water them regularly to keep the leaves from burning up. Will give them another year in this location and then determine if they might need more shade. The color is truly a vibrant deep pink with purple undertones. As they have aged through the summer the blooms are an antique-y purple-mauve color and still beautiful.
Wee Bit Giddy® Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
Wee Bit Giddy hydrangea will put a smile on your face - not just because it's absolutely beautiful (though it is!), but because this durable, handsome plant was developed specifically for improved performance in your garden. You might think of it as an improved version of our best-selling Cityline Paris hydrangea, as it shares its same intense red flower color and neat, dwarf habit; however, it adds in the robust durability of Let's Dance Rave hydrangea, which imbues it with outstanding performance in the landscape, even in USDA zones 5 and 6.
Available in better garden centers in spring 2021.
Top reasons to grow Wee Bit Giddy hydrangea:
- All the color of Cityline Paris with the landscape performance of Let's Dance Rave
- Big, colorful flowers
- Dark green glossy foliageContinuous Bloom or RebloomerSalt Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:24 InchesSpacing:30 InchesSpread:30 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Bright red in neutral to alkaline soils; red-violet in acidic conditionsFoliage 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.Wee Bit Giddy® Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMNHML' USPP 32,317, Can PBRAF
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Rma150, Illinois, United States, 10 weeks ago