Monday, July 26, 2010

Harlequin Bigleaf Hydrangea


Bigleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Harlequin'
(hy-DRAIN-juh) (mak-roh-FIL-uh)
Synonyms: 'Sensation 75', ‘Buttons 'n Bows’

It was a pleasant surprise to find this Hydrangea blooming in the back of a perennial border I signed up to take care of this year. Until it bloomed it had the appearance of a regular type although, upon reflection, it was growing a little thin and wispy. Since the flowers are a strong pink the garden must have alkaline soil. Like most French Hydrangeas if the soil is acid the flowers turn blue. This plant is certainly a bit of a novelty but can stand on its own. A 1967 German introduction Harlequin reaches about 36 inches tall, which is a little more compact than most macrophylla Hydrangea. It blooms on one year old wood so be careful when you prune it.

9 comments:

stan said...

I'm wondering - did someone trim tt perfect looking bunch?

Julie Jordan Scott said...

This is gorgeous. I adore hydrangea...

See my wordless weds, tues edition here.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Hi Chris,

I haven't visited here in awhile and it was so fun to scroll back a few weeks and have a grand tour. Such wonderful photos. I have a deep red rose, 'Oklahoma' on view today.

http://www.artsquadgraphics.com/blog/2010/07/26/oklahoma-rose/

Rizza said...

beautiful! i love your flower shots!

flower delivery in philippines said...

I never knew about this flower before and this is the first time I saw it. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've learned a lot. Keep posting.

-yumi-

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Love the Hydrangea :)
Happy WW!

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Indrani said...

I love these colors.

Kala said...

Gorgeous! Perhaps because of the soil here, I see only white hydrangea blossoms.

philippines flower shop said...

Oh! I love those beautiful flowers so colorful. I also try to collect flowers and put it in a cute vase. I enjoyed reading your article. It makes a lot of sense

toni