St. Paul, Minn. (Spring 2008) – Endless Summer The Original provides endless possibilities in the garden. This versatile shrub allows gardeners to express their creativity, by choosing different planting applications and changing flower color, all while producing armloads of beautiful flowers.
Endless Summer The Original is the first, repeat-flowering bigleaf hydrangea. Since its introduction in 2003, it has become a garden favorite for many reasons. First, it has the unique ability to bloom on old and new growth. That means you’ll have never-ending blooms all season long.
This hydrangea’s second show-stopping characteristic is that it is hardy to USDA Zone 4. Northern gardeners now have a mophead hydrangea that will bloom beautifully year after year. Southern gardeners need not fear late spring frosts, which previously have left them with little to no blooms in the summer months.
Renowned Industry expert Dr. Michael Dirr has called Endless Summer The Original “…one of the most important new plant introductions of the last 50 years. Endless Summer is as good as advertised (actually better)...” “Its outstanding performance and beautiful blooms make it a garden favorite”, Says Pat Bailey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Bailey Nurseries.
Endless Summer The Original features big, showy flowers that range in color from fresh blue to a lively pink, depending on the pH level of your soil. The color of hydrangea blossoms depends on the plants ability to absorb aluminum at different levels. Alkaline soils, (pH 6-7) will produce pink blooms. More acidic soil, (pH 5-5.8) will turn your blooms blue. Medium to deep green, disease-resistant foliage give the blossoms a beautiful backdrop. Endless Summer The Original is perfect as a stand-alone shrub, as border plants in the garden, for foundation plantings or as a container plant. The large blooms are perfect in a vase and can also be dried to create beautiful flower arrangements. Look for Endless Summer The Original and its sister plant, the new Endless Summer Blushing Bride in their distinctive blue pot. Both are available at better garden centers this spring.
Endless Summer The Original at a glance:
- USDA Zone 4-9
- Partial Shade
- Height & width: 3-5 feet
- Pink blooms in alkaline soil, blue blooms in acidic soil
- Young plants produce four to six inch blooms in the garden. Mature plants can deliver blooms eight to ten inches wide.
- Keep soil most
- Wonderful gifts for weddings, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and house warming celebrations
Visit endlesssummerblooms.com for more information and beautiful, high-resolution images. We’ve expanded the content for both garden journalists and consumers to provide growing tips, planting ideas and ways to preserve these beautiful hydrangeas for lasting decorations. The site also features a retail locator so your readers can find a garden center near them to purchase Endless Summer The Original and Blushing Bride.
Bailey Nurseries is a family-owned wholesale nursery with home offices in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is among the top wholesale nurseries in the United States and provides industry members throughout the U.S. and Canada with a full line of bareroot and container-grown plants from Bailey’s properties in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.