The Forever & Ever line of big-leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) features compact, mounding, 2- to 3-foot-tall shrubs that bloom on both old and new wood. The shrubs grow best in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8 and are good choices for northern areas since the new growth will develop flowers even if winter cold kills the old growth. There are blue, red, and white versions of this popular hydrangea, and now there is a new strain with a unique, bicolor flower.
The Forever & Ever Peppermint hydrangea features 10-inch-diameter blooms of white petals with pink or blue stripes in the center, depending on the soil pH. The more acidic the soil, the more blue the center stripes. This hydrangea grows best in part shade in a perennial border or container.
For more information about the Forever & Ever Peppermint hydrangea, go to: Forever & Ever Hydrangea.
Article published on January 15, 2008.