Variegated Lacecap Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii Variegata' Lacecap Mariesii Variegata not only has beautiful flowers, but also has attractive foliage. This hydrangea has a different style of bloom than the traditional corymb or known as mophead. This one has what is called a Lacecap bloom where the center florets are sterile and therefore do not open. Then there is a single outer layer of florets that are fertile and do in fact open. For this variety the center bead-like florets are a gentian blue and the outer open florets are white tinged with blue. In total the blooms are 4 inches across. The foliage is variegated with a bright green center and edges streaked with white. Lacecap Marieseii Variegata will truly stop you in your tracks because it has so much to look at! Hydrangea macrophylla’s require selective pruning to enhance flowering for the next year. This is done by pruning down to the base the “old wood” to help encourage the new buds that will appear swollen to grow. In the south this plant needs to be sheltered from afternoon sun. This plant is excellent for cut flower arrangements as well as dried flower arrangements. Use as a single specimen, hedge, or in groups.
Care Information Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before spring growth. Prune to shape after flowering. Pruning time: summer after flowering. Key feature: Summer Flowering Plant type: Shrub Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous Cold hardiness zones: 5 - 9 Light needs: Partial sun Water Needs: Needs wet or constantly moist soil. Average landscape size: Fast, rounded grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide. Growth rate: Fast Growth habit: Round Flower attributes: Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers Landscape uses: Border, Container, Seacoast Exposure, Woodland Garden Flower color: Blue Blooms: Late spring through summer Foliage color: Variegated
COLOR: In these species the exact colour often mirrors the pH of the soil; acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple. The typically acidic soils of the Pacific Northwest will cause the variable flowers to bloom toward bright true blues and deep purples. For rose red or deep pink flowers add lime to raise the pH and sweeten the soil. Mulching these plants with plant matter, adding Manure, or a half cup of sulfur will raise the acidity in the soil.
Hydrangea grows best in partial to bright shade. Although Hydrangeas are not picky about soil, they are not drought tolerant and will grow and flower more prolifically with regular summer watering.