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Lady In Red Hydrangea

The Lady in Red hydrangea is something new in the world of hydrangeas. Not only does it offer a beautiful lacecap in pale pink or blue that fades to a deep burgundy, the leaves have red veins and stems. Blooming in late spring, this smaller hydrangea is only the start of a long beautiful display.

In the fall, the leaves on this hydrangea turn from green to a deep purple. This cultivar is only a few years old, and may be challenging to find locally. Check online if you can't find any in your area. The flowers look nice as additions to cut flower bouquets.

Landscaping Ideas

lady in red hydrangea Lady in Red hydrangea is perfect for container planting due to its smaller size. Set a few pots of this hydrangea around your deck to add instant color and interest.

It also makes a nice accent plant in a border, or you can try mass planting several together. Perfect for foundation planting.

Plant them with camellia, ostrich fern, rhododendron, magnolia and oak leaf hydrangea for a nice woodsy arrangement. The dramatic color of this hydrangea sets it apart from the rest. It is suitable for both cottage and woodland style gardens.

Planting and Care Tips

Plant your Lady in Red hydrangea in moist, well drained soil. Water it frequently to help the root system develop. Apply an all purpose fertilizer in early spring before growth begins.

If you want to keep the initial color of the flowers more blue, add some acidic fertilizer or aluminum sulfate. If you prefer the initial pink flowers, keep the soil alkaline with lime.

Prune after flowering if you need to. Keep the Lady in Red hydrangea protected during cold winters with mulch and wrap it in burlap or an old blanket. You can also place wire around the plant and fill the space between with straw or shavings to help insulate it from the cold.

This compact plant is low maintenance and resistant to mildew. It is easy to grow and can be propgated.

If you are unable to find this Hydrangea at your local nursery, you can purchase it at Amazon

Lady in Red Information

  • Scientific Name: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady in Red'

  • Best Soil: Moist well drained soil

  • Light: Partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Dark green with red veins and stems

  • Fall Color: Reddish-maroon

  • Bloom: Lacecaps in pinkish white to bluish white, dependent on pH of the soil; flowers age to a burgundy rose

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in a compact mounded form

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 -9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 3 to 5 feet apart

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