Sunday, June 26, 2011

Alice is Blushing


One of my favorite plants for the shady garden is the oakleaf hydrangea. This is my Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice.' I have had her for about 6 or 7 years now under a white oak tree where she has grown to to a size of about 6' x 8'. This year she has been particularly lush.  After a spectacular show of especially long-panicled white blooms, she blushed so attractively I had to get a picture.  With oakleaf hydrangeas you always get to look forward to the fall, too, for another show.  In October Alice's very large leaves will turn red and orange.