Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionSo pretty, it’s hard to believe it’s also so tough – but it is! Tuff Stuff™ Red mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata) is a fabulously beautiful lacecap hydrangea with flowers of deep pink-red. It combines outstanding color with a super useful compact habit that fits nicely in the garden or landscape. Lacecap hydrangeas like Tuff Stuff Red are perfect for bringing a more informal look to your flower garden, and, unlike other hydrangeas, they attract pollinators, too!
About the Tuff Stuff™ series: Tuff Stuff are mountain hydrangeas. They are closely related to the popular bigleaf hydrangeas, but they are native to chilly mountainous areas, allowing them to develop better tolerance to cold conditions naturally. Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs developed the Tuff Stuff series with an eye toward increased reliability in zones 5 and 6 and a more prolonged bloom in warmer areas. If you have not had success with bigleaf hydrangeas, we encourage you to give the award-winning Tuff Stuff series a try!DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea serrata 'SMNMAKTSR' Patent #: USPP 28,672 Common name: Reblooming hydrangea, Mountain hydrangea Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) in cool areas; part-sun (4-6 hours sun) in warm climates. Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide Flower color: Deep pink-red Foliage color: Glossy green Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Space savers, proven winners, heat tolerant, cut flowers, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Flower gardens, landscaping, specimen, flowering hedge How To GrowSoil: Mountain hydrangeas require well-drained but moist soil. A good layer of mulch is very helpful for minimizing drought stress and conserving moisture. Light: Plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. If your plant frequently wilts in the afternoon even though it was recently watered, that may indicate the spot is too sunny for it. Water: Average to abundant (as long as soil is well drained). Space: min. 3' apart Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Make an additional application in late spring/early summer to boost reblooming ability, particularly in colder areas. Winterizing: Do not cut plants back for winter! Doing so will cut off all of the flower buds for the following season. If plants show a lot of dieback in spring, consider moving them, as this indicates the spot may be too cold for the plant. Maintenance & Pruning: Even though Tuff Stuff hydrangeas are reblooming and capable of flowering on old and new wood, for best bloom, it is best to avoid pruning, trimming, or cutting them back. Any dead wood can be pruned out in early spring, once the new growth has begun to emerge and its clear where any winter damage occurred. If plants do not flower reliably, move them to a more protected spot in your yard; early spring is an excellent time to do that. For best reblooming performance, keep plants free of stress so they grow vigorously. New growth is key to a good rebloom! Notes on flower color: The flowers of bigleaf hydrangeas can vary from pink to purple to blue, depending on soil chemistry. You must have both an acidic soil and the presence of aluminum (a naturally occurring soil element) in order for blue/purple color to develop. Get a soil test from your local Cooperative Extension before applying any color change treatment to be certain that it will be effective.
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Learn when to prune hydrangeas, how to change colored blooms, why they may be wilting, and everything else you need to know to grow them like a pro.
This one looked good in the beginning but the heat wave has been too much for it and sadly it didn't make it. This is the 3rd time I have tried with hydrangeas and I just have no luck at all.
Hello! We're so sorry to hear that you've had trouble with your hydrangeas. 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 have had this plant in the ground for about 2 months it’s growing quickly and has buds. I also have other varieties of tuff stuff that have been in the ground for 1 year they each have about 30 buds. I love them.
Hi Brandy, we're so glad that you love your hydrangeas! Tuff Stuff is one of our favorites around the office. Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. Happy Gardening!