Plant of the Week: WEE BIT™ Bigleaf hydrangeas

Wee Bit Giddy™ (left) and Wee Bit Grumpy™ (right) – that pretty much sums up the holiday season, doesn’t it?

We’re excited to see loved ones and eat treats, but grumpy because there are not enough hours in these short days to do all we want to. Hopefully the giddy outnumbers the grumpy in your holiday calendar.

We certainly have more happy than cranky when considering these hydrangeas – they are both pretty amazing plants. They are dwarf Hydrangea macrophylla varieties with amazing blooms that will catch your attention from across the greenhouse.

These are strong growing dwarf plants with outstanding ornamental appeal and excellent disease resistance. They have the fast production time of florist hydrangeas but the sturdy habit and prolific blooming of a good garden plant.

Wee Bit Giddy™ is the reddest mophead we’ve seen, and Wee Bit Grumpy™ is an outstanding blue.

Both grow 2′ tall and 2.5′ wide and hardy to USDA Zone 5. They will grow in full sun or part-shade.

Thanks a lot, Pantone.

Classic Blue. Pantone 19-4052, to be exact. That’s Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020.

It’s fine, I suppose, if you’re making clothing or pottery. But plants? Blue is the the rarest color in horticulture. It’s difficult to find across the natural world, but plants seem to be especially uncooperative.

Hydrangea macrophylla and Hydrangea serrata are beloved in part because they can deliver this elusive color, but here’s a nice video of some other plants with blue coloration. These are great plants that deserve some attention. I’d be very happy if Double Play® Blue Kazoo® spirea or Blues Festival® hypericum got even half of the attention that blue hydrangeas get!

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