The Q&A Archives: Endless Summer Hydrangea

Question: i just read about the endless summer hydrangea in the REAL SIMPLE magazine--I was wondering if it could be grown in a container or needs the ground and if it would do well in Zone 6. I would appreciate any answer you would send to me. Thanks.

Answer: Endless Summer (Hydrangea macrophylla) 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. Endless Summer is remarkably hardy, even to Zone 4, but if your plant ever dies down to soil level during the winter, it will send up new flowering stems the following year. The clear blue mop-head blooms may turn pink in alkaline soils. Endless Summer can be grown in a container, but choose a large one as the mature size of this plant will need something hefty to contain the roots. I'd plant it in a half-whiskey barrel. Enjoy your new hydrangea!

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