Fairytrail Bride Cascade hydrangea is your chance to grow a legend! Originally introduced as Runaway Bride hydrangea at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 - where it earned the prestigious Plant of the Year award - this fabulous plant is finally available in North America under the name Fairytrail Bride.
Fairytrail Bride is known as a Cascade Hydrangea, a totally new type of hydrangea with a horizontal habit. It forms big, lacecap bloom clusters along the entire length of those elegant long stems, creating a flower-festooned effect that's unlike anything else you've seen. It blooms for several weeks from late spring through summer for a long-standing display that will delight you year after year.
This hydrangea is not as hardy as other types of hydrangeas you may be familiar with. If you live in an area where you cannot successfully grow Fairytrail Bride Cascade Hydrangea outdoors, you can grow it in a large weatherproof pot and store it in a cool, bright spot over winter where it will be safely protected from prolonged or extreme cold.
What makes Fairytrail Bride Cascade Hydrangea different than others?
- The only Cascade Hydrangea!
- Forms flower buds at every leaf node, creating a truly impressive display
Name: Hydrangea x 'USHYDO405' pp31,120
Hardiness: USDA zones 6-9
Height x width: 4' tall and wide
Light: Full to part sun
Soil: Evenly moist but well-drained soils are best. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended in all areas, all year round.
Pruning: Blooms on old and new wood; do not trim or cut back, but dead wood may be removed in early spring
Water: Average to high water needs. Like most hydrangeas, Cascade Hydrangeas cannot grow in wet soils. However, they can become drought-stressed readily and should be watered regularly. Plants in full sun and/or warmer climates will need more water than those in less sun and/or milder areas.
Fertilizer: Fertilize once in early spring with a rose fertilizer if desired.
Bloom time: Spring
Bloom color: White. The flowers of Fairytrail Bride will not change to any other color, regardless of soil chemistry.
Uses: Makes a stunning specimen, low hedge, or edging plant. Can be grown in containers as well.
This newest type of hydrangea is simply fabulous! Cascade Hydrangea® earns its name from the unique ability to set flower buds down the entire length of its graceful horizontal stems. The effect is a bit like a garland, swag, or indeed, a cascade of flowers.
At present, there is only one Cascade Hydrangea® available: Fairytrail Bride®. This plant created an instant sensation in 2018 when it debuted at the Chelsea Flower Show and earned the prestigious Plant of the Year award under the name Runaway Bride hydrangea. The work of renown plant breeder Ushio Sakazaki, the genius behind the game-changing Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia, it represents the apotheosis of contemporary hydrangea breeding. Here's how to grow it.
Cascade Hydrangea is a hybrid that combines multiple species and varieties to develop the flower power and bud set that makes it so distinctive. As such, its a bit difficult to completely ascertain its cold tolerance. It is currently believed to be hardy in the ground only to USDA zone 6. However, determined gardeners in colder climates can try growing it in a container that can be moved to a cool, bright spot in winter. The spot should be cool enough that the plant does not enter active growth, but protected from prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.
Fairytrail Bride Cascade Hydrangea is equally tall as it is wide, and it develops a strong horizontal presence in the garden.
Plant Cascade Hydrangeas in sun to part sun. The ideal spot would receive high filtered light all day.
The typical moist, well-drained soil is exactly what Cascade Hydrangeas appreciate. Fairytrail Bride has white flowers, which are not impacted by soil chemistry, so whether you grow it in acidic to slightly alkaline soil is not important.
Powerful bloomers like Cascade Hydrangeas benefit from extra fertilizer to increase bud set and prolong the bloom. We recommend an application of granular rose fertilizer in early spring, then monthly through late June/early July.
The flowers of Fairytrail Bride Cascade Hydrangea are white, and cannot be changed through soil conditions. If they are wilting or browning quickly, this typically indicates that the plant has dried out or otherwise experienced water stress.
Cascade Hydrangeas primarily bloom on old wood, and should be treated as such - in other words, avoid trimming or cutting them back, though entire branches can be removed to develop the habit or shape you prefer. If flowers persist after winter, they can be traced back to the closest set of buds and snipped off.
Cascade hydrangea problems
Cascade Hydrangea are largely trouble-free; if deer or rabbits are an issue in your yard, however, plants should be protected with netting or a repellent, as both are fond of eating the tender flower buds as they develop and that can remove the flowering ability for the entire season.
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Plants arrived small, but in great condition. I followed instructions and planted in two full whiskey barrels - looking for a cascade over the edges of the barrels. Plants had all summer/fall to establish themselves, and even in the worse drought in history they tripled in size. They set a ton of flower heads but just didn't finish opening before fall. Expecting a really nice display this year!
Plant arrived in good condition and was planted upon arrival. New growth was apparent within 2 wks of planting. It Is now mulched and protected for winter. I'm anxious for spring to arrive !!!
I ordered 3 plants. They all died by the 30 day time. I love hydrangeas but these looked bad when I got them so none survived.
Hello! We offer a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants! We're apologize that you received plants that were not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of the plant to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!
I was so excited to receive what looked like a lovely plant, but I have yet to have even a single bloom. It is green, and appears to be thriving, but there is no cascade and no flowers.
Hello! Thank you for leaving feedback. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can actually absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!
I received my hydrangeas a month ago in July when our temps were in the 90's (zone 8B). I was a little worried about planting them outside in the heat. I placed them in a window that gets filtered sun and watered them thoroughly. After 24 hours I planted them in pots where they get about 4 hours of sun a day and make sure they don't dry out. They are looking healthy, no blooms yet but I really wasn't expecting them to bloom this year.