My garden is void of hydrangea blooms except for 'Annabelle' varieties. It's almost July and we're still seeing the effects from a tough winter.
This is my second season growing 'Invincibelle Spriit' hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). It blooms reliably because the flowers are produced on this year's growth, as opposed to last season's wood.
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'Invincibelle Spirit' will tolerate a wide range of lighting and soil conditions. It's best grown with morning sun and afternoon shade in good garden soil. I've got plants which bloom in full shade though, they just put on smaller flowers.
The pink blooms started a few weeks ago and will continue until frost. They don't need to be deadheaded either.
I was counting on hydrangeas for summer blooms this season, I'm so glad I put more of the 'Annabelle' varieties in last fall to help mid-season garden.
I'm going to continue to add these types of hydrangeas and others which bloom on this year's growth.
One more thing, they also make wonderful cut flowers too.