LET’S DANCE® RAVE®

Hydrangea - Bigleaf

Hydrangea macrophylla

'SMNHMSIGMA'

USPP 26929; CBR 5628

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  • Outstanding rebloomer
  • Strong violet blooms
  • Cold and heat tolerant
Description

Unique, jewel-tone blooms. Let's Dance® Rave® hydrangea is the strongest, most reliable reblooming macrophylla yet. Developed at our west Michigan facility specifically for its improved hardiness and decreased time to rebloom. Flower color ranges from a rich violet-purple color on acidic soils to a saturated pink on alkaline soils.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2 - 3'

Width 2 - 3'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer - fall

Flower Color Purple, Pink

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4", Quick Turn

Soil Moist but well drained soils are best. Bigleaf hydrangeas may wilt in dry soils but also cannot take soggy conditions for any period of time. Tolerant of a range of soil pH levels, however, soil pH will influence flower color.

Pruning Avoid pruning bigleaf hydrangeas, except to remove any dead wood. These hydrangeas cannot be cut back or trimmed at any time of the year without impacting the bloom for either the current season or the next.

Uses Bigleaf hydrangeas are classic choices for flower gardens, cottage gardens, and seaside plantings. They also make a showy addition to foundation plantings and can be used for low hedges or edging.

Growing Tips Bigleaf hydrangeas benefit from a good layer of shredded bark mulch and afternoon shade, particularly in hotter climates. Apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs (like a rose fertilizer) if leaves start to yellow.