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The All Summer Beauty Hydrangea shrub is aptly named for the blooms that begin in early summer and last through to fall. The flowers will bloom on old and new wood, meaning the plant will reliably bloom each year, even if new growth suffered cold damage.
These Hydrangeas range from blue to pink, depending on the soil’s pH level. You can play around with the soil contents to create your desired color! The blooms grow in rounded clusters that will look like elegant fluffy balls of color. They’re sure to brighten up your landscape. The leaves are oblong with serrated edges and are a medium or dark green that stands out from the light hues of the flowers.
This Hydrangea Macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty' has a medium height and width that will work well in small gardens or containers. They work well when planted in groups to create a lush area of color, or you can plant one alone to be the centerpiece in your garden. They also work well along the foundation of homes, and you can cut the flowers to be used in arrangements.
All Summer Beauty Hydrangea Care
The All Summer Hydrangea is ideal for hardiness zones 5-9. It can withstand cold temperatures down to zone 6 but will require some winter protection in zone 5, such as extra mulch and a frost cover.
The plant will grow 3-4 feet tall and wide. The blooms will appear on old and new growth, unlike other varieties that only grow on one or the other, so you’re sure to see blooms every year.
The All Summer Beauty Mopehead Hydrangea grows best in partial shade. In hot climates, morning sun and afternoon shade will give you the best results. Although it’s not quite tolerant of full sun, if you provide the shrub with extra water in sunny areas, the plant should be able to survive less shade.
Hydrangeas prefer moist soil and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out completely. Avoid letting the water form puddles. Hydrangeas like water, but they don’t like standing water. If your climate has extreme heat in the summer, expect to water more often to keep the soil moist.
The All Summer Beauty Hydrangea will grow best in nutrient-rich soil. They’ll benefit from all-purpose fertilizer or compost once a year. They can grow in loam, clay, or sandy soil, as long as it drains well so water won’t form puddles around the roots.
This Hydrangea can change colors based on the pH level of the soil. Acidic soil will create blue blooms, neutral soil is purple, and alkaline soil will create pink blooms.
All Summer Beauty Hydrangea Pruning Requirements
Removing spent blooms will encourage the shrub to grow more flowers. You can remove them as needed or wait until the first round of blooms has finished and remove all of them at once. Be careful not to remove buds, or you won’t have any flowers left for the rest of the season.
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Sunlight Partial Sun / Partial Shade
Pink, Purple, Blue
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Mature Height 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9