One Gallon Blooming Size Plants If you are looking for drama in the garden ‘Merritt’s Beauty’ is the shrub for you. In early-to-mid summer, intense, brilliant true-blue, purple to deeply saturated rose-red flowers cover this deciduous shrub. The full and compact mophead flowers are a focal point in the summer landscape. These Hydrangea hold their blooms the entire summer!
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 or adding Manure will raise the acidity in the soil.
‘Merritt’s Beauty’ 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.