Hydrangea macrophylla FOREVER&EVER® 'EARLY SENSATION'

Hydrangea macrophylla FOREVER&EVER®
Hydrangea macrophylla FOREVER&EVER® 'EARLY SENSATION'
mop-head hydrangea
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF FLOWERS ++multicolored:pink and violet and indigo blue
BLOOMING TIME June - October
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
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The ecstasy about Endless Summer® hydrangea has not faded away and yet the world is seeing a new collection of hydrangeas with similar qualities in a wider range of colours and partly improved performance. They all come under the Forever&Ever® series and include only those hydrangeas that have proved extended blooming time and excellent hardiness. They were collected by a group of enthusiasts and include plants from different breeders.

Early Sensation is a new mop-head hydrangea from the Forever&Ever series. It was bred by Darwin Plants, the Netherlands, in 2005. It offers very early blooming amonst all mop-head hydrangeas – under good conditions the flowers may appear from mid to late June already and keep on blooming until the first frosts. The colour depends on soil pH: in order to achieve blue shade you need acidic soil with pH of 5.2-5.5, use aluminium sulphate to increase soil acidity. For pink or purple red shades your soil has to be alkaline, i.e. pH of 6.0-6.2, use dolomitic lime powder to increase pH. If you are unsure about your soil acidity buy a simple testing kit in your local DIY. Common practice of many gardeners is that they leave it in the soil they have and such plant makes flowers of various shades, from light pink to mauve or violet.

The flowers appear on both old and new wood so you don’t have to worry about pruning or unexpected frost or any other damage. You will always have flowers. Deadheading will enhance flowering and speed up forming of new flower buds. The leaves are mid green and deciduous. The plant is compact.

Grow it in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, you should never let the soil dry out especially in the first year before it gets established. The name hydrangea suggests it will need a lot of water but should never stand in water in heavy clay soil. It will love part shade or filtered sunlight, you can also grow it in full sun if you provide extra watering on hot days. Good mulch is advisable at all times. Fertilizing is crucial for this type of hydrangea if you want a pretty plant with many flowers. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5) and the breeder promises hardiness even down to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 25-06-2013.

Hydrangea macrophylla
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Hydrangea macrophylla
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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