Monday, July 21, 2008

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea


If you don't have one of these in your garden, you just don'w know what you're missing! This one is actually a baby that we transplanted from the base of our original plant. We now have about five of these scattered around our yard, all from the original, huge shrub! Besides being a lazy cook, I am also a lazy gardener. I look for plants that give me the most reward with the least amount of work, and these really fit the bill! They have something to offer every season. In the spring the new leaves are a bright vibrant green, with a soft, downy white fuzz. Then in the summer, these full cone-shaped heads of flowers open up for several weeks of blooms. In the fall, the big oak-shaped leaves turn shades of deep crimson and magenta. The curling bark and the dried flower heads are beautiful in the winter garden.

6 comments:

Marjie said...

I have a hydrangea, although mine has different leaves, and it is magnificent throughout the year! Last year, we had a freak snowstorm on Income Tax Day, which took down several 20 foot tall arbor vitae, so we had a local tree guy stand them back up. Of course, he fertilized them, which turned our white hydrangea pink! They turn blue with a different kind of fertilizer! How much fun is that - change the color of your plant with a couple of fertilizer sticks!

I love your baby plant. I've never tried splitting mine....maybe Jeffrey has a new project...

noble pig said...

You are so lucky, mine burned ou here in the sun. When I move to Oregon I will have them everywhere!

Grace said...

if i had a real garden, i'd sure try to have one of these. easy is the magic word for me when it comes to gardening. :)

Paula said...

I was just outside chatting with my neighbor about what types of plants would thrive in our yards other than the azaleas and rhododendrons that abound out here. I'll have to tell her about this one! It's lovely.

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Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

beautiful garden!

You have a lovely blog. You take wonderful photos and those recipes look great.