Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oakleaf Hydrangea

The Oakleaf Hydrangea is a staple year round in our perennial gardens. The leafy green plant grows to be quite large with conical white flowers. It's typically underused, however we rely on it for continued seasonal interest in Bryant Park. The white flowers are very fragrant when they first bloom around this time. As the summer passes, the flowers will turn pink, and then brown. The flowers hold their shape for quite some time after they turn brown, lasting into the cooler months. The plant is dormant in the dead of winter, and begins anew each spring.

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