Episode #264 | Original Air Date: March 4, 2021
It’s sometimes tough to find eye-catching shade plants, but oakleaf hydrangea is a large native shrub that’s a real showstopper in shady gardens.
In early summer, oakleaf hydrangea produces cone-shaped clusters of white or cream flowers that can tower up to a foot tall. The flowers stay on the plant for several months, changing to pink or purple, and eventually to tan.
Oakleaf hydrangea’s deeply lobed leaves can grow up to eight inches long and turn burgundy in the fall. The leaves fall off in the winter, but the plant’s peeling bark provides continued interest.
Oakleaf hydrangea grows best when it’s planted in slightly acidic soil and can grow up to 10 feet tall.
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