Great Savings at Estabrook's
There are tons of great values to be had at Estabrook's this summer while our plants are looking great!
A Cool Splash of Blue or a Hot Dash of Pink!
Blue hydrangeas make a great garden centerpiece
Or white, purple, lacy blue, or lacy pink for that matter! Hydrangeas certainly come in many colors and plant types. They are also quite versatile, doing well in both full sun and in dense shade.
Hydrangea paniculata types have a woody structure that does not die back in winter. If pruned correctly, they can actually grow to form small trees, giving you many options after planting. They feature white blooms late in summer that turn pink as they age. Some of our recommended varieties include:
- Hydrangea paniculata 'Pee Gee' (shrub & tree)
- Hydrangea paniculata 'Pink Diamond'
- Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'
- Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (green flower)
Hydrangea macrophylla types are more herbaceous looking in nature throughout the season and die back almost to the ground in the winter. Like the paniculata form, macrophylla features many flower shapes and colors. Some can even be manipulated with aluminum sulfate or lime to change their color. Doing so is simple - just remember that hydrangeas are acid lovers by nature so it's important when changing blue flowers to pink to not overuse the lime. For more information, please see the following chart for changing flower colors:
Estabrook's carries the following hydrangeas that are eligible for color-changing:
Mix & Match Evergreen Sale
Choose from our large selection including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, White Pine, Austrian Pine, French Blue Scotch Pine, Norway Spruce, Green Spruce, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Arborvitae and Upright Junipers!
Take 10% off all items and when you purchase 5 or more you'll receive an additional 5% off (15% total) with an additional 5% off (20% total) any purchase of 10 or more. Sale sends Monday, July 11th so visit us soon for the best selection!
Pruning Your Hydrangeas
Pruning hydrangeas is essential and very easy!
Pruning hydrangeas is quite easy.
The macrophylla types should not be cut back until late spring when it is evident which woody stems did not make it through the winter. You will then be able to see where the new growth for the season is coming from and avoid destroying those sections of the plant. We also recommend that you do not cut back severely in the fall. Let the plant go dormant, and then cut back the woody stems without new growth to 24-30". You can also harvest flower buds and dry them at any time after they have emerged.
On the other hand, the paniculata types should be pruned right after blooming or very early spring. Otherwise you risk trimming blooms off that season (since they form blooms on new growth).