H. Tardvia & Angel's Blush-What can you tell me about..

bellarosa(z5/IL)August 27, 2005

these two varieties? I just bought them for $7/gallon at our local nursery. I'm wondering how big they will get, what care they will need, can they take full sun, etc.


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Both are H. paniculata's, 'Angel Blush' being a recent Monrovia Nurseries introduction with white flowers that turn to pink and then to red, they say.
Paniculata's require full sum to partial shade and reach a mature height 8-10+ ft. They bloom on new wood in late summer and can therefore be pruned/shaped after blooming until the following spring. Once established, they require little care, except for removing spent flowers and some dead wood each year. They can be trained into a single standard(tree-form) by severe pruning of canes while they are young. I grow both, the single and multiple stem types, and I really prefer the latter. Fall planting is best, but be sure they receive adequate moisture until they are well established. At first sign of leaf wilt, be sure to water them, as they can defoliate almost overnight, it seems. If that occurs, they will usually recover after watering and grow new foliage, but you will be staring at bare limbs for several weeks.(My experience). Once established, they are fairly drought tolerant.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 2:05AM
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Thank you for all the information. One more question - what about "Limelight". Are they similar to Tardiva and Ruby, as far as requirements? Also, is now a good time to plant, or should I wait until late Sept (cooler temps)?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 9:12AM
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Limelight would be the same as the other two as far as cultural requirements. Now is a good time to plant, in your zone, but keep them well watered. I haven't grown Angel's Blush, it sounds lovely, but Tardiva is almost too late for us here in Zone 5, by the time it gets its flowers it's almost frost here. Pretty though. So expect the flowers on Tardiva to be late. I love Limelight, In my personal opinion, I think it is the best plant any garden can have (just my opinion).

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 10:47AM
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'Tardiva' is one of the most upright (if not the most) in paniculata family and as Polly correctly pointed out, it's THE latest of all to bloom. Even here, in 6b and full sun, it start blooming toward the end of August, while other cultivars already in full bloom in a middle of the month. Therefore, you might have a very short season to enjoy it in your zone.
If it will be me, I wouldn't waste prime garden's real estate (and Tardiva takes a lot of it) on it.
It is doesn't matter if price is right or might be even a bargain. If plant is not right for zone or location it's just a waste of money, space and time, IMO.
If you like a 'Tardiva' flowers look, try to find a 'Kuyshu', the same size, the same upright form, similarly looking sterile+ fertile florets and THE first to bloom even in part shade.
You may end up paying a bid more as it's not as widely available as 'Tardiva', but you definitely will have more bang for your bucks.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 4:25PM
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I'm kinda of suprised to read that Tardiva blooms so late. I saw them blooming at the Chicago Botanical Garden and they looked so beautiful! Well, I'll plant it on the side of my house, water it well and hope for the best! Thanks everyone for all of the info.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 8:57PM
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putzer(z4 WI)

Angel's Blush is beyond gorgeous and is definitely on my list of plants to get next year! The flowerheads are so big they look like a dessert....

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 12:28AM
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You're right. The blooms are stunning and HUGE! I can't wait to plant mine in the next couple of weeks. I'm waiting for cooler temps. I might have to go back and get a few more!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 10:56AM
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My Tardiva has been in it's shrub border spot for about 4 years and has lovely 6 foot stems with healthy green leaves However...it has not bloomed since the second year. I cut it back to 6 inches early every spring. What is the problem? Anybody else experience this?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 10:38PM
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Why do you cut them to 6" every spring??????

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 12:32AM
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silvergold(z5a WI)

too much pruning....

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 1:58PM
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Hmm,. I'm listening closely to this discussion having just planted my Angel's Blush, Pinkdiamond and Kyushu. I have a three year old Tardiva and I never prune it. I don't think they really need to be pruned much. The Tardiva is great - compact, upright and right now turning pink from the white blooms. My "little ones" are just about 6 ". I think they'll make it.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 3:17PM
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silvergold(z5a WI)

You can certainly prune panicuta, but they are not normally pruned to the ground in the spring. That may not be the issue, but I would try not pruning them and see if they bloom. I prune mine to shape and deadhead in the spring just as they are breaking dormancy.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 6:16PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

I know I'm a little late chiming in on this discussion, but hope someone has some answers. I was considering purchasing some Tardivas next year. I saw some near Minneapolis in early August and they were covered with blooms. When you say they bloom really late, do you mean it takes a long time to get the pink color on them? Could they have just been blooming early this year due to the heat here this summer? Any thoughts, knowledge, opinions would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 7:32AM
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" I saw some near Minneapolis in early August and they were covered with blooms. "

Did you see them blooming being planted in a ground or in a pots at the nursery?
If later, that's right, they've been forced into early bloom for the marketing purpose.
Mine planted in full sun and are the latest of all paniculatas to start blooming (mid to late August).
In my zone this is no problem since they have plenty of time to go thru all color changes, but in z4 you'll have much shorter period between white and brown stages.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 11:24AM
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My Tardiva blooms Mid August. From what I've read it is the latest panicula to bloom. The blooms start turning pinkish about mid September.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 5:38PM
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silvergold(z5a WI)

I have pictures of mine in full bloom on August 23 of this year. I think it had already been in bloom for a week or two at that time. Blooms started turning pink sometime in September. I wouldn't worry too much about frost shortening the bloom times - although Minneapolis is colder than I am in Madison. Mine still have good flowers although we are expected to reach freezing temperatures for the first time this week. A couple of frost warnings prior to this but no damage to plants yet. Brrrrrrrrr!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 8:43PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

These were in the ground,were about 8 ft. ft tall.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 8:18AM
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What diameter can I expect my Hydrangea Angel's Blush shrub to take up? I'm in zone 3 and have been assured that it will do just fine in Calgary Alberta.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 9:58PM
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I read this thread too & a few others ... convinced, I started hunting (in town) for one since & finally found, a real baby size, this season, for a site that can take an full grown, 10'ht x 8'spread bush. The little 1gal baby has grown more than twice its size since planted in mid-May & flashed promptly being 1st season in the ground. If you have room in f/s I think you won't be sorry! QF in your zone, will bloom sooner, if it makes a difference

Good luck & have fun!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 11:35AM
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