WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the green scene "a refreshing lift in the landscape" mophead or lacecap and overall have a more delicate appearance than their bolder bigleaf The most cold hardy of the hydrangea cousins. Some worthy cultivars to look for are 'Bluebird' and a remontant type (re-blooming) genus is the panicle hydrangea, H. paniculata, 'Blue Deckle.' It should be noted that the flower color in some cultivars is dependent on soil with more than 50 cultivars (and counting) acidity and, as our soil in Massachusetts is generally acidic, the aluminum it contains is released available. Introduced in 1862 from Asia, it to the plants, producing the vibrant blue flowers or intensifying the blue color. Do note there are is sometimes thought to be overplanted some cultivars which will not be affected by soil pH. throughout New England and therefore of a less than refined habit. I think it has been somewhat maligned as it is often left unpruned, or has been incorrectly pruned resulting in a sloppy appearance. It is a sturdy, multi-stemmed shrub with very large (to 18 inches) conical, creamy-white flower heads that can sometimes weigh its branches down. The industry standard, the PeeGee hydrangea, H. paniculata 'Grandiflora,' is the granddaddy of the many new and improved cultivars. A few other cultivars deserving honorable mention are 'Limelight,' whose creamy white flowers have a hint of lime for a refreshing lift in the landscape, and its smaller cousin 'Little Lime' at half the height of 'Limelight' and 'Little Lamb' rising to five feet. A "must have" hydrangea is our native oakleaf, H. quercifolia, a truly handsome shrub with dark-lobed leaves (similar to big oak leaves), that nicely offset the panicles of showy white flowers, which turn a rosy pink 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 as they age, while the fall foliage is stunning with shades of maroon, plums, reds, and orange. Winter interest is provided by the exfoliating mature stems in warm shades of cinnamon. The species itself performs well with the cultivar 'Alice' providing the largest 18

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