Plant of the Week: TUFF STUFF AH-HA® Mountain hydrangea

Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® is a superstar! That’s why our grower partners named it Hydrangea of the Year for 2021! If you know this plant; you get it. If you don’t, well, read on.

First off, it’s a mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata,) so you get better bud hardiness for overwintering. Is your weather weird? This plant will get through the ups and downs of spring temperatures better than a bigleaf hydrangea. And if the weather is really wicked, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® mountain hydrangea is a rebloomer. That means more flowers later in the season.

Not only is it a reliable bloomer, but the blooms themselves are very impressive. The individual florets are massive yet have a delicate, waterlily-like appearance. If you’ve ever doubted a lace-cap hydrangea’s ability to be a showstopper, think again.

The plant itself will get 2-3′ tall and wide and grows in full sun or part shade. It’s hardy in USDA 5-9.

As with other mountain hydrangeas, flower color is affected by soil. You will see soft pink or soft blue, depending on your potting mix or garden soil.

Shooting star

Speaking of superstars, you can marvel at a shooting star this weekend! Okay, it’s really a comet, but when you’re trying to sweet-talk your special someone into star gazing this weekend, a shooting star sounds a little more romantic.

The shooting star (comet) in question is Comet Leonard. You should be able to see it now, through Christmas.

This can be a crazy time of the year for many people – as if the rest of 2021 hasn’t been crazy enough. But you’re doing it. You’re awesome!

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