The Q&A Archives: Non-blooming Variegated Hydrangea

Question: I have a variegated hydrangea in it's third year. It is very healthy, beautifully mounded, around 3-4 feet tall. I live in Ct. It had not flowered yet. No buds either. Is this normal for it's growth pattern?

Answer: Your variegated hydrangea is a big leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) and it blooms on new shoots that develop on old wood. If the plant regularly dies down to the ground each winter, there will be no old wood and therefore no flowers. A better choice for your area is Endless Summer. Endless Summer is a perpetual flowering big-leaf Hydrangea that blooms virtually all season long. And because Endless Summer can flower repeatedly on new wood, you can be confident that regardless of whether the plant dies back to the crown or is trimmed at the wrong time, you'll still get wonderful flowers that grow all season.

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