Plant ID forum: Lace cap hydrangea from Safeway?

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Jul 8, 2016 2:14 PM CST
My daughter gave me this beauty 3-5 years ago for Mothers Day. I planted it in the garden only to watch it grow full of leaves, year after year, but no flowers. After a sad Google, I decided it must be one of those hothouse shrubs that dies back each year, and will never produce flowers. This May, I went around with a shovel to put it out of its misery, and lo and behold--flower buds!

It ended up producing the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen on a hydrangea. Can anyone tell me the type I have? I want more!

Northern Virginia, USA. No amendments to soil--just fall leaves.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jul 8, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Amy! Your patience has been rewarded just when you almost gave up hope!

If you're looking for a name, it may be a futile search since so many lacecaps are on the market. Enjoy it!

Jul 8, 2016 5:20 PM CST
Thank you Perl!

I was afraid that was the anwer. After four years or so, this baby started producing blooms bigger than a dinner plate. Go figure?

Name: Lauri
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Jul 9, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Welcome to NGA Amy! That is a really striking hydrangea - I would love to have one of those!
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