Changing from solid green to either fuchsia or violet-blue with green edges and then finally to rich lime green, the petals on this new reblooming mophead are different nearly every time you look at them! Held on big, rounded trusses all over super-compact plants, these flowers are showstopping in garden, container, and vase!
Everlasting™ is a Dutch series, and it was originally bred for the cut-flower market, so the emphasis is entirely on the blooms. The flower stems are stronger and straighter than those of many other Hydrangeas, ensuring that the blooms won't flop or twist. The flowers are ultra long-lasting and quite large, especially when seen on the plant, which is just 3 to 4 feet high and wide.
But the best part is the color changes these blooms undergo. The beginning and ending color is solid green -- pale as the flowers first open, vivid lime as they mature! Between these two cycles is a period of bright interior petal color: violet-blue in acidic soils and fuchsia-pink in alkaline. The green remains on the petal edges throughout, creating a wonderful bicolored look that is different from any other Hydrangea we know!
And just as a bonus, this is a reblooming variety, with a heavy flowering period in late spring and early summer followed by an encore in autumn. If you live in an area where late frosts and dropping temperatures have nipped your Hydrangea blooms in the bud, you'll be assured of at least one season of color every year! And elsewhere, you get a fall wash of color to complement the long early-season bloom.
Give this mophead consistently moist soil and a bit of shade in every climate except the most northern. Do not allow it to dry out completely, but make sure the soil drainage is good. Amethyst grows quickly and easily, its large, toothy leaves keeping the shrub handsome even when it isn't blooming. This may just become your favorite Hydrangea of all time! Zones 5-9.