Ruby Slippers Hydrangea
9-inch Flowerheads of Deep Red!
Ruby Slippers is a magnificent year-round addition to any landscape, with large oakleaf-shaped leaves that turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in autumn, adding another season of glory to this petite shrub. (In mild climates, they remain on the shrub throughout winter.) And the blooms are ever-changing and so long-lasting, as stunning in the vase or dried as Everlastings as they are on the plant.
Ruby Slippers is easy to grow, even in the hard-packed clay soils of the south and southeast. It needs plenty of moisture -- that "Hydr-" at the beginning of its Latin name means "water"! --and appreciates a bit of shade south of zone 6, but other than that, it is quick to establish and very long-lived. This will be a landmark of your garden, treasured for decades.
Expect Ruby Slippers to reach just 3½ feet tall and to spread 5 feet wide. Perfect for the foundation, along the driveway, in the front of the shrub border, or as an accent just about anywhere, Ruby Slippers also makes a great specimen planting in smaller landscapes. So versatile, so easy, so endlessly beautiful! Highly recommended. Zones 5-6 in full sun, and through zone 8 in part shade.
|Zone||5 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Mid Summer|
|PlantHeight||3 ft 6 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Fall Color, Flower, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers|
|Bloom Color||Dark Red, Light Pink, White|
|Foliage Color||Brown, Dark Green, Red|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii|