Hydrangea fading


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My “summer crush” Endless Summer hydrangea is starting to fade from a dark raspberry color to a light pink. Why is this happening?
 
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I think it's just the flowers aging, my hydrangea flowers change throughout the season. If you don't like the older flowrs you could cut them off.
 

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Yes, ageing and when hydrangeas die, they can look rather tatty! But think about the wildlife in the winter ... Also, you've to be careful coming to hydrangea pruning. A wrong prune can leave you with no flowers next year. Tatty flowers on the plants can insulate the plant against snow or hard frost.
 
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The Endless Summer variety blooms on old and new wood so pruning is not as much of an issue with them as the older varieties. The bloom is aging. A lot of crafters use the dried blooms in projects because they have a beauty of their own.
 

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Endless Summer Hydrangeas should not be pruned in the fall. Instead, prune them only in May. This will ensure the flower buds that have made it through the winter have emerged. Prune out only dead wood and leave any green buds or leaves.

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Still learning, me! I have not noticed Endless series on sale here in the UK. Must keep my eyes peeled!
 
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all my beds get a hand tossed 12-12-12 app. early then nature takes over.
that beast is actually 2 standard hydrangea's that have blended as 1.
We have hydrangeas all over the property-big bang this time of year!
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the last pic shows a pair of "limelight" hydrangeas that are just getting ready to bloom.
 
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Jenna, on a side note-appears to be a nicely kept mixed bed, and can you show us a closer look at that gate post/column in the upper left?
I'm always intrigued by the architectural structure people have garden-wise.
 
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