This hydrangea is most unusual. Also, I do not know which it is. When I bought it it was labeled Hydrangea subsp. sargentiana. Since then, Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens (where it originated) was told it was not a true sargentian, the hairs went the wrong way! Whatever. It is one of the last to bloom and I love it.
This is a large plant, 6′ tall
with large fuzzy leaves,
buds that remind me of cauliflower
and lacecap inflorescences.
In her Atlanta garden, Penny McHenry grew several fuzzy leafed hydrangeas and although they all had different names, we could never see many differences.
Mike Dirr says “The Hydrangea aspera group is a mess, and I don’t know anyone who could reliably identify the middle ground variants between H. aspera and subsp. sargentiana”
Just a few more and I promise no more hydrangeas till the paniculata group starts its show.
Above, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Fuji Waterfall’. Below, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Beaute Vendomoise’ slightly drooping… it is hot!
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Fasan’ above, aka ‘Pheasant Twilight’ one of the Teller series.
Hydrangea serrata ‘O amacha’ nishiki above, opens white and slowly turns to red.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Kyosumi’ above, and finally, below, H. serrata Kurenai.
This hydrangea too opened white and turns to red. See it here.