Purple is the darnedest color. It attracts us like bees to a honeypot. But get it home and it is nearly impossible to find a spot where it fits in.
After spending entirely too much time on this conundrum I’m coming to the conclusion that purple works well on a small scale or in a large park-like setting. But not in the smaller domestic properties in which most of us live and garden.
Blue hydrangeas are icons of summer in seaside areas along the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. What is summer without them? Well, we are finding out for the first time in decades.
It might be another 30 years before it happens again. However, this year’s washout creates an opportunity to find other hydrangeas that might be even more appealing and better able to withstand an occasional frigid winter.
Mopheads and many lacecap hydrangeas belong to the large leaf or macrophylla species, which has been affected.