> Kurohime Lacecap - trade gallon
An early blooming lacecap with deep pigmentation to the sterile sepals, rose on alkaline, purple on acid soil. This has become one of our favorite lacecaps because of the clean foliage & nice form. The color vibrates in the garden. On the true cultivar, new stem growth is deep purple. Overall, it is "astoundingly lovely" - - Corinne Mallet, of the Shamrock Collection in France (one of the world’s largest collection of hydrangea species & cultivars). 4+ feet. An undiscovered treasure in this country. Don’t leave it out of your garden. Zones 5-9.
> Merritt’s Supreme Mophead - 3 quart
Hydrangea macrophylla ’Merritt’s Supreme’ has been a staple in gardens around metro Atlanta for years, although it can be nipped by early frosts. When established in the garden on the prevalent acid soil of the Piedmont, it flowers a deep rose-purple with large blooms on a mid-sized plant (3 - 4 feet). The stems are stout. It is common among greenhouse growers to force for floral presentations. Our photo is of it blooming in a 3 gallon container with no aluminum in the potting soil and so is red. In garden soil in GA with plentiful available aluminum it is royal purple. Stunning! Zones 6 - 9.
> Oregon Pride Mophead - trade gallon
Deeply toned red or purple mophead on this sport of ’Merritt’s Supreme’. Dark red to purple stems. Height to 3 feet. Rather tender so site well in garden. Zones 6-9. Photos courtesy of the J. C. Raulston Arboretum.
> Ami Pasquier Mophead - trade gallon
A lovely choice for those who have enough blue hydrangeas. Hydrangea macrophylla ’Ami Pasquier’ has medium-sized, crimson blooms. It resists going blue except on the most acidic soil where it shifts to a wine-purple. Foliage is a glossy green. Deciduous, about 5’ tall and wide, for part shade. Long considered one of the best. For confirmation see "The Hydrangeas" by Michael Haworth-Booth (1950), "Hydrangeas for American Gardens by Michael A. Dirr (2004) and "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" by the Van Gelderens. It is a strong plant assessed over many years by experts and found to perform. Zones 6-9.
> Westfalen Hydrangea - trade gallon
Hydrangea macrophylla ’Westfalen’ is darker in tone than ’Ami Pasquier’ and shorter overall, blooming crimson unless in strongly acidic soil where it will be deep purple. Compact growth to perhaps 4 feet. Michael Haworth-Booth, in his book The Hydrangeas published in 1950, says "Flowers often on the shoots of the year in the same season if well cared for" and ranks it an "outstanding variety." Dirr says "spectacular colors." Zones 6-9.