where to place variegated leaf hydrangea

raee_gwApril 24, 2007

Hi, I have two variegated leaf hydrangeas (macrophylla 'Mariesii') that die back to the ground each year, and tho they recover & grow lovely foliage, no blooms. I'm guessing they must bloom on old wood & obviously are not cold tolerant enough for my garden. Being a fairly new gardener, I didn't know that "perennial" on the label might mean "but not here". I am thinking of moving them next to the house & am wondering which exposure would be best--I have a spot on the east, or a spot on the south which is actually in shade except in mid-morning. I will be keeping them just for the foliage, no expectations of bloom. Any advice?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You are absolutely right in your assumptions and expectations. It is highly unlikely that you will ever see a bloom on Variegata in zone 5/6 without elaborate winter protection measures. Even further south, getting these to bloom well can be a bit iffy. Luckily, this plant is more about the foliage anyway. They make a nice contrast plant in the shade. Sounds like either spot would be fine, so put it where it suits you best. Sorry you had to find out the hard way....yg

    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 9:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Yellow girl is quite right. I would add that I brought my Mariesii with me from New Orleans to east Central MS and have found it to be extremely sun tolerant in both places. (Could be that it was just adapted to New Orleans, but maybe not.) So...I would try that southern exposure on the assumption that the south facing wall might give it an extra measure of protection in the winter. I love it so much I have created an entire white border around it, and it's my favorite garden. Mine will bloom, but I prune it to keep it at a smaller size. (The blooms are lace caps.)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 10:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Can I prune hydrangeas and loropetalum now??
So we have some hydrangeas (blue and purple flowers...
Little Lime and Limelight Hydrangea
Both hydrangeas have (some) branches that are somewhat...
New 2015 hydrangea cultivars?
Anybody looking into what's coming in 2015. I thought...
galls in dirt where to plant
Hi, Last summer I dug up a rose that had not been doing...
Propogating Hydrangea
Hi, My neighbors have just put up a 6 foot high fence...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™