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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds the green scene flora The Big, the Bold, and the Beautiful R U T H F U R M A N writer horticulture shrubbery there are shrubs and there are shrubs…and then there are hydrangeas. Old fashioned? Yes, but still suitable for today's landscapes, large or small. Hydrangeas are easy to maintain and provide plenty of long-lasting color. What more can one ask of a plant? And if you're keen on botanical names, this one is simple; both the common and Latin names are the same. The botanical name hydrangea is of Greek origin and literally means water vessel, alluding to the cup-shaped seed capsules. Native to Japan and with a long history of culti- beautifying the United States since the mid-19th century. The most popular variety is the bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), also listed as French hydrangea, which is divided into two groups. The mopheads are the big, fluffy balls of color in white, pink, or blue; lots are grown on Cape Cod and the islands, where the ocean atmosphere suits them. The industry standard for the mopheads is the ever popular 'Nikko Blue' cultivar. The second We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 group is the lacecaps, which have flat heads and a dense center of tiny flowers surrounded by a showy ring of small lacy flowers. The best and most popular cultivar is 'Coerula Lace,' with 'Blue Wave' a close second choice. A subspecies of the bigleaf hydrangeas is the mountain hydrangea, H. macrophylla var. serrata, usually listed as H. serrata in garden centers and catalogs. It flowers slightly earlier with smaller flowers and leaves and is not as susceptible to mildew. The flower heads are either 16 J A C A LY N G O U L D L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N vation in Europe and Asia, hydrangeas have been

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