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.


  1. Do you have much drooping? I'm having a heck of a time this year with the flop, I think because of wind and rain.

    BTW your backyard in fall looks amazing.

  2. Beautiful blossoms in my favorite colors! What a gorgeous shrub you have!

  3. thanks to all of you for your comments. jess, this shrub sprawls just a tad, but i wouldn't say it droops. the branches and flowers are rather firmly upright, unlike 'Snowflake' and some others that seem to bow to the ground when they get heavy.