Hydrangea Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® Description
A larger version of Tuff Stuff Ah-ha growing 24-36" tall and wide. Long blooming!
Enjoy beautiful hydrangea flowers? Consider adding some dainty blooms for something a little different. Lacecap form. Exotic looking hydrangea flower heads stay closed but surrounded by florets that form a ring around the center. Extremely bud hardy so you can depend on blooms year after year. Delicate lacy blooms pump out color from June through August. Pink blooms will turn blue with the right ph level of 4.5 to 5.0 which means simply adding aluminum sulfate to get the blue color on these flowering beauties. Ah-ha blooms on both old and new wood. No pruning is required on this dainty hydrangeas. You may prune of course to shape the plant and this can be done immediately after flowering. Compact at only 24-36" so easy to tuck into a shady spot where bigger hydrangeas just won't do.
Hydrangea serrata (mountain hydrangea) types are smaller and more compact than other forms of hydrangea
How to grow
- Hydrangeas enjoy moist but well drained soil and some sun each day. Many people think of hydrangea as shade plants, but they look and flower best with at least 4 hours of sun, ideally in the morning. Hydrangeas have shallow roots so require plenty of water especially as they are getting established in your garden. A 2-3 inch layer of mulch is a useful addition to any planting
- Soil ph affects flower color. Add aluminum sulfate for blue color
- No pruning required
Designing with hydrangea serrata
Add a unique look in containers! Make sure you keep your pots moist and fertilized so they stay in prime shape throughout the season.
Add groundcovers such as low-growing like carex Evergold or bowles Golden. Plant festuca or carex Blue Zinger for an all blue garden or let fast growing galium Sweet Woodruff ramble throughout the bed as a mulch substitute.
Use taller hydrangeas as a background planting. Best when grouping in 3-5. Climbing roses such as shade tolerant Zepherine Drouhin rose adds a romantic touch to any setting.
Special features: Cut flower, Dried flower, Easy care, Fast growing, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest
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- Botanical name:
Hydrangea serrata Tiny Tuff Stuff Ah-ha
- Common name:
Mountain hydrangea, Lacecap hydrangea
- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade, Shade
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- Height x width:
24-36" x 24-36"
- Flower color:
Blue or pink
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- Bloom season:
Summer thru fall
Background, Foundation planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
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- Patent #: USPP29832
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Soil : Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.
Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dry conditions
Water : Water to keep soil moist, but not wet.
Spacing: 2-3 feet
Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15).
Winterizing: Remove fallen foliage
Maintenance & pruning: Prune after blooming or in spring
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