Confession: I hate 'Endless Summer'
Ok guys, I am really not trying to offend anyone, since I know many people have had great success with 'Endless Summer'. I have seen some photos where it looks vigorous, healthy and free-blooming, and perfect for the setting in which it was planted. But in my garden it is a dog and I hate it. It is the only plant I have that makes me cringe every time I see it.
Problem is, I have three very well established specimens, all in a north facing flower bed in front of my home. They were planted by the previous owners. They are HUGE. If all three of them were spread out properly, they could probably take up a lot of the bulk of a city bus. They get partial sun/full sun (depending on the time of year) and the bed has automatic sprinklers, so they never really lack water.
But they are awful! The leaves are huge, some larger than my face, and the clumps are expanding from the base into a horrid thicket. The bloom heads are tiny, and are few and far between. They look ridiculous in comparison to the giant, cabbagey leaves. Not to mention the horrid pale pink color. I do like when they age and "antique" to that deep green with reddish accents phase in the fall, but there are never enough blooms to make an impact. Oh yeah, it seldom dies back to ground here and still manages to produce a lot of new basals from below. But it has absolutely zero rebloom. Grrr.
All in all, it seems to be a very poorly chosen cultivar in an improper setting. I fantasize about ripping them out and shoving them through a wood chipper.
Every time I see them, I can't help but be envious of other hydrangeas that I would like better: 'Limelight', 'Little Lime', 'Annabelle' or 'Incrediball'. Ah, yes, these are the hydrangeas I would have chosen! They would have complemented the house much better and would have been much more floriferous and reliable.
Of the above, I think I would like to replace my awful ES dogs with 'Little Lime'. It would have smaller foliage and a smaller growth habit. Or 'Limelight' because even though it is a larger shrub, it still has much smaller foliage than ES and it can be pruned down every spring and still flower reliably.
What do you all think? I do like hydrangeas. I just want a better one.
Any thoughts, comments, suggestions or advice will be much appreciated.