The original Forever & Ever Hydrangea, this beauty boasts large clusters of blooms that turn either pink or blue depending on the soil pH. Attractive in a border or bed, and its compact growth habit also makes for a lovely container planting. Enjoy an abundance of blanketing flowers, even after harsh Northern winters—hardy blooms appear on both old and new wood. Clusters of blooms and big, deep green foliage, are all great additions to both cut- and dried-flower arrangements. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Early Sensation'
Planting InstructionsBest in morning sunlight and afternoon shade.
Winter CareShould be mulched and protected in the Northern zones.
Flower Color:blue, pink
Flower FormClusters of blooms have florets with filled petal edges.
Foliage TypeLarge, lustrous deep green leaves, compact habit.
Soil RequirementGrows best in well-drained soil with good organic matter; prefers slightly acidic soil; avoid heavy clay with poor drainage. Check soil weekly for moisture. Water thoroughly when dry
Watering RequirementWater thoroughly when dry.
PruningRemove all dead wood in early spring. After 5 years, prune out one third old wood to the ground each year in early spring to revitalize plant. Remove spent blooms to encourage additional blooms
Additional InformationSoil with ph level of about 5.2-5.5 will produce blue flowers, soil with pH level of about 6.0-6.2 will produce pink flowers
Unique CharactersticsGAF: This original variety in the Forever & Ever® series was introduced in 2005. It's mophead flowers are either pink or blue depending on soil pH. Large clusters of blooms have florets with frilled petal edges and bloom early to midsummer until frost. Blooms on both old and new wood ensuring it will be covered with flowers even after harsh winters in the north.