Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for July 11th - July 22nd, 2005
This is Hydrangea macrophylla subsp. serrata 'Bluebird', or 'Bluebird' tea-of-heaven.
An early bloomer, 'Bluebird' tea-of-heaven hydrangea can thrive in full sun to partial
shade and is reported to be drought resistant. When planted in alkaline soil the
flowers turn pink to red, but they will stay true to the 'Bluebird' name when planted
in acidic soil. Native to mountain woodland settings, the flower-caps can be also be
used indoors for dried flower arrangements. Hydrangea macrophylla subsp. serrata
'Bluebird' is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 – 8.
You can view this 'Bluebird' tea-of-heaven hydrangea in the Asian Collections.