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Coneflower Butterfly Kisses – Fragrant Perennial for Small Space Gardening

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses is a perfect fit almost anywhere!

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is packed with beautiful double pink pompom blooms on short stems.  The fact that it has smaller flowers than other coneflowers doesn’t faze me a bit since there are so many handsome long flowering blooms on short upright stems that are just the right height for small children to enjoy the lingering butterflies.

Coneflowers or Echinacea are easy to grow in sun to part shade providing mid-late summer color in the perennial garden.  Like most double flowering forms, they open single.  This one has a nice lime green center to it early on before becoming fully double pink.  Butterfly Kisses is from Arie Blom – a long time Coneflower breeder who has introduced some of the most garden worthy & colorful Echinacea over the years.  (See Double Coneflowers – Meet the Breeder)

Here are a few garden design ideas with this enchanting new FRAGRANT coneflower.

Foundation Planting.  If you have a few large shrubs around your foundation and this area is getting about 4 hours of sun, Butterfly Kisses would be a colorful foreground planting in front of a couple of Hydrangea Endless Summer.

Echinacea Butterfly Kisses_collage

Pairing Tip: Pinks and Blues always look great!

Front of the border.  At only 12-15” tall it is ideal for the front of the border or use in very narrow border or where you might have limited space.

Containers.  There short, compact habit lends well to container planting.

Cheerful Neighbors:

There are lots of perennial combinations you could use.  Personally, I like pairing blues and pinks together.  Here are a few combination ideas:

Hardy from Zones 4-9, this Butterfly Kisses Echinacea deserves a place in any perennial garden.

Visit www.GreatGardenPlants.com for other terrific coneflowers.

Climbing Hydrangea – Shade Loving Flowering Vine

Climbing Hydrangeas are one of the few flowering vines that will grow well in shade

Climbing Hydrangea or Hydrangea anomala petiolaris is one of the few hardy flowering vines that will tolerate shade.

This colossal climbing vine requires sturdy support (such as a tree) and thrives in part shade conditions. A fast growing deciduous vine, climbing Hydrangeas will grow 30 feet tall or more.   It is hardy from Zones 4-9.

This climber clings by tentacles (like ivy) on any surface.  It’s easy to train up a tree.  Once planted, simply lay the stems near the tree and it will stick like super glue.  You never have to do anything to them except an occasional prune to keep them within bounds.

Attractive green heart-shaped glossy foliage is accented with showy white fragrant lace-cap type blooms in early summer.

If grown as a ground cover, Climbing Hydrangea can cover up to 200 square feet once established

If grown as a ground cover it can cover up to 200 square feet once established.

Give Hydrangea fertile, moist, well drained soil.

Climbing Hydrangea can take a couple of years to establish itself in the landscape, so it requires a bit of patience.  After 2 years or so, they really take off.  I can tell you it is definitely worth the wait as it offers the most stunning vertical beauty for any shade garden.

Hydrangea Growing Tips For Hot Climates

Hydrangea garden in southern California

Can you grow Hydrangeas in southern California?  We received this beautiful picture of a glorious Hydrangea garden from one of our customers (Pat from southern California). Pat not only has a beautiful garden but shares a few helpful growing tips about gardening with Hydrangeas in a desert climate of southern California.

As you can see I LOVE hydrangeas. I currently have about 250+ plants. I was so happy to add some new varieties from your collection and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. It would be an honor to have you use the photo in your blog–even if it definitely shows my hydrangea addiction. The most important hint I have, especially for this area, is to water them everyday in the summer months. Shade also is very important to protect them from the 100++ degree temperatures we often have.”

Thank you Pat for your inspiration!  Have some gardening tips & pictures you would like to share?  Send them to mary@greatgardenplants.com.   We love to inspire other gardeners!

5 Month Blooming Hedge Plant – Endless Summer Hydrangea

Hydrangea Endless Summer

Long-blooming Endless Summer Hydrangea

Our pick for Best New Shrub of the Decade! Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer brings a wealth of great features to gardeners nationwide.

Blooms in Zone 4 gardens! Finally, a mophead Hydrangea that will bloom in Zone 4 gardens across the country! This giant mophead Hydrangea was selected at Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota for its ability to bloom on new growth! Other mophead or macrophylla Hydrangeas bloom on last year’s growth (old wood), but Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms on both old AND new growth. So, in areas of extreme cold which can damage the old growth flower buds, you’ll get an entirely new flower show in mid summer & fall.

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Useful as a Long Blooming Hedge Plant

Months of GIANT 10″ flower heads! Endless Summer Hydrangea begins its flower show in early summer & continues for over 5 months with its heavy reblooming flower display.  Mid-November of last year we STILL had flowers on our Endless Summer Hydrangea.

Best long-blooming flowering Hedge Plant we’ve found! Hydrangea Endless Summer makes a superb and long-flowering Hedge Plant growing to 4′ tall and 5′ wide. Used as a flowering hedge you get garden beauty as well as bouquets of fresh-cut Hydrangea flowers that last over 2 weeks in the vase!

Hydrangea Endless Summer

Flowers can be either Pink or Blue depending on soil pH

Flower color changes with soil pH. As with all mophead Hydrangeas, the flower color will change according to your soil pH. Flowers are pink if you have more alkaline soil with a higher pH and are bright blue if you have more acidic soils with a lower pH.

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Fall foliage display on Endless Summer Hydrangea

Don’t forget the fall FOLIAGE show! Many gardeners forget that the foliage of Endless Summer Hydrangea also changes color in the fall taking on fiery colors of orange & red before the leaves finally drop off.

You won’t be disappointed with this long-blooming Hydrangea which combines wonderfully with colorful Heucheras, bold-foliaged Hostas, & lacy Hardy Ferns!

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