berlin ~ paris ~ or ~ vienna?

phyl345(z.5)December 14, 2009

next spring i would like to buy one of the above in the cityline series ~ but don't know which one ~

i know they are fairly new; but i'm sure a lot of you have purchased them in the last few years ~~ so ~~ what say you?

probably would prefer the *smallest* and/or the *brightest* coloring ~

thanks so much for any comments, phyl

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Paris is the brightest. 2.5-3'.
Vienna is the smallest. 1-2'.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 10:18PM
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do you grow them? If so, how do they do? Do you provide winter protection?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 10:44PM
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I have Cityline Paris & Venice.
In my Zone 7, I am providing winter protection for Paris this year. Last winter, with lows of only 10°F, it was killed to the ground and produced no blooms this year.
It joined a host of macrophylla & serrata cultivars that suffered the same fate, for the first time in my 25± years growing Hydrangeas! Other adjacent or nearby cultivars, potted or in-ground, were apparently unaffected. Cityline Venice was among those.

I'm apparently outside the preferred distribution area for the Proven Winners line of Hydrangeas. HD and a local nursery chain are authorized retailers for PW, but neither regularly stock the Hydrangeas. No Cityline series plants were found this year and only one PW Hydrangea, Let's Dance® Starlight (Lacecap) was stocked at the local chain. It was on sale at 40% off, during the prime sales season. Apparently a slow mover! One of them followed me home!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 12:24AM
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yikes! if they need winter protection in georgia obviously i had better pass on these! ~ i appreciate the information & it sure sounds like they are not something for our cold winters (chicago) ~ thanks, phyl

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 9:56AM
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They are marginaly bud-hardy in 6b, so I grow them in containers.
Definitely not for IL :-(

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 4:05PM
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Thanks ego45, I shall cross them off my list.

Anyone grow Lady in Red?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 12:14AM
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ladywindsurfer(Z7 SE)

I have grown LIR for 3 years and to me, it has been a great disappointment.
The promised burgundy-red foliage does not materialize to a great degree for me, even though my two receive morning sun, until noon.
The Lacecap flowers, whether pink or blue, are rather ho-hum.
In my opinion, there are many available macrophylla cultivars with more attributes.
For burgundy-red fall foliage, an Oakleaf Hydrangea sited to receive several hours of daily sunlight, is a traffic stopper! Even when grown in a mostly shady location, the foliage color is impressive, but they do not flower as well.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 11:10PM
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Thanks for the input Ladywindsurfer. I shall checkout
an Oakleaf.

So many of the are listed as hardy through zone 6 but many are hardy but seem to not be bud hardy...what a disappointment.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2009 at 12:13AM
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