Monday, August 08, 2011

Nikko Blue Mophead Hydrangea

Mophead Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
(hy-DRAIN-juh) (mak-roh-FIL-uh)

Since the ‘Nikko Blue’ Hydrangea had such a good year this year I thought posting this emerging flower was a good idea. There were several plants that had so many flowers they flopped over, which is something I hadn’t seen before. We really haven’t figured out the exact best way to cultivate this plant. My main course of action is to not cut the dead looking stalks in the spring until late May. That has seemed to increase our flower production. A little trimming after blooming is about all that we do during the season.

Hydrangeas are such a classic flower and are always a welcome sight when they bloom during the summer. ‘Nikko Blue’ is especially nice since it stays fairly compact (for a shrub) and lends its unique and beautiful color to the garden.

We were lucky to have a good rain over the weekend here. We must have picked up over an inch and everything that was wilting has snapped back, except the lawn of course. The grass will take a bit longer to soak up the water and put it good use. At least it wasn’t all dusty when cut on Sunday afternoon.


DeniseinVA said...

I love seeing Hydrangea's in the garden, this one is beautiful in every way.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Nikko blooms on old wood, so trimming back the 'dead' stems makes sense. Mine has been getting a fungal spot on the leaves. Guess it is our humidity. oh well.