Gardeners from the north to the south have enjoyed the beautiful 'Endless Summer' hydrangea since its release two years ago. This mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer Endless Summer') has the unique ability to set flower buds in spring on new growth, in addition to setting buds on the branches from the prior year. In USDA hardiness zones 4 and 5, this means even if the plant dies back to the ground in winter, it will still produce blue or pink flowers in midsummer.
Now, plant breeder Dr. Michael Dirr has produced a variation on 'Endless Summer'. 'Endless Summer Blushing Bride' has the same flowering characteristics as the original introduction, but it produces pure white flowers that blush to a light pink or blue, depending on the soil's acidity. The size and shape of 'Blushing Bride' is similar to the original 'Endless Summer', but it blooms even sooner.
Check local garden centers this spring for this new hydrangea. For more information, go to: Bailey Nursery.
Article published on December 6, 2005.