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HYDRANGEA SPECIES



'Endless Summer'The rocketing popularity of 'Endless Summer' results from the fact that, unlike most hydrangeas, this one has the ability to bloom as far north as Minnesota (maybe much further). In the south, where hydrangeas rarely bloom more than once per summer, 'Endless Summer' will often produce a full set of blooms twice each summer. If you wish to know more about this phenomena, go here.

As you can see from the pictures below, 'Endless Summer' may be blue, pink, or lavender, depending on the soil in which it is grown. It will not be dark blue, deep pink or purple. The intensity of a hydrangea, for the most part, stays the same, no matter what color it is. 'Endless Summer' is always light in intensity.

All of the pictures on this page are images of 'Endless Summer,' sent to me by visitors to this site. Notice that the pictures are taken in a wide variety of location. I've found the quality and beauty of these pictures to be exceptional. I have enjoyed every one of them. I know you will, too.


ENDLESS IN RHODE ISLAND

John, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is growing these beautiful blue 'Endless Summer' hydrangeas. Interestingly, he says they bloomed throughout the summer, and the new blooms gradually turned to pink, then to light pink. John says, "They were stunning."

Endless Summer; photo from John Canty
Endless Summer; photo from John Canty


ALABAMA'S 'ENDLESS SUMMER'

Grown and photographed by Gail in Trussville, Alabama.

Be sure to enlarge the garden picture, top right. The color combination of the daylilies with the hydrangeas is one of the most beautiful garden groupings I've ever seen.

Endless Summer; photo by Gail Wright


This picture (bottom right) was taken in November, 2004. The blooms on this hydrangea were originally blue and aged to these gorgeous fall colors.
Endless Summer; photo by Gail Wright


Fall Color; image by Gail Wright

BELGIUM BEAUTIES

These pictures of 'Endless Summer' were sent to me by Luc Balemans of Belgium. He is an expert in the area of hydrangeas, and he takes their identification very seriously. If you question whether or not you actually have an 'Endless Summer,' compare the leaves and blooms to these pictures.

The close-up photos to the right reveal the individual flower petals to be smooth and the leaves to be serrated.


Photo by Luc Balemans


Photo by Luc Balemans




Photo by Luc Balemans

MICHIGAN GROWN

Lindsey of Mancelona, MI, sent these beautiful pictures.

Lindsey grows the pink 'Endless Summer' hydrangea, to the right, and her mother-in-law grows the lavender-blue one below. The soil in each location is very different, as can be seen by the resulting color of the blooms.


Photo by Lindsey of Mancelona, MI
Photo by Lindsey of Mancelona, MI

SOUTHERN BELLE


Millie of Paulding County, Georgia, took these lovely pictures.

Millie grows this 'Endless Summer' in her backyard next to her fish pond.


Photo of Endless Summer by Millie of Pauling County, GA
Photo of Endless Summer by Millie of Pauling County, GA

WEEDSPORT, NEW YORK

This 'Endless Summer' is grown by Trisha in Weedsport, NY.

Photo by Trish of Weedsport, NY

HYDRANGEAS IN
MASSECHUSETTS

Kristen in Massechusetts grows this 'Endless Summer.'

She also grows another hydrangea that may be just as interesting as 'Endless Summer.' It's called 'Forever and Ever.' It is often available at Home Depot.

Photo by Kristen of Massechusetts
"Everblooming" Hydrangeas (How do they DO it!)

Most mophead hydrangeas set (grow) their bloom buds in August, Sept. and October like azaleas. If anything happens to these buds between the time they are set and the next summer (such as improper pruning or bad weather) few if any blooms will appear. This is because most hydrangeas only set blooms in the fall and will not set them again in the spring.

However, a few hydrangeas have developed the ability to set new bloom buds in the spring after the old ones have been pruned off or damaged. 'Endless Summer' is just such a hydrangea. This trait is referred to as being "remontant."

The vast majority of visitors to my site write to ask why their hydrangeas have failed to bloom. In many cases, it is due to improper pruning. But there have always been a few people who would write to tell me they pruned their hydrangeas in the winter or spring every year, and their hydrangeas still bloomed faithfully. Interestingly, these reports almost always came from gardeners in more northern locations. I believe these type hydrangeas were more successful than any others in these colder areas, and thus they have proliferated there.

I've been surprised how long it has taken the nursery trade to find and market these wonderful hydrangeas. Finally it's happened with 'Endless Summer' and possibly another hydrangea put out by the same nursery, 'Blushing Bride.'

If you'd like to know more about 'Endless Summer,' you may find the link below to be of interest.


Botany Shop Garden Center in Joplin, Missouri. Interesting information on 'Endless Summer.'

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