This mophead hydrangea is aptly named—it'll hold its color beautifully throughout the flowering season. It's a great variety for the garden, there's no big insect or disease dramas. It'll also bring in the beneficial pollinators. You can also bring the blooms out of the garden. A few flower heads create a beautiful fresh-cut or dried flower arrangement. If you want that vibrant pink color, alkaline soil is best. Add lime to soil if necessary. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Forever Pink'
Planting InstructionsMulch 3" year round to maintain soil moisture. Side dress 5-10-5 fertilizer in spring. Shredded peat, compost, or bark is best.
Winter CarePlant in a sheltered area in Northern zones and mulch well to reduce the loss of flower buds.
Flower FormLarge, branched cluster.
Foliage TypeMedium green ovate leaves 6-9" long.
Soil RequirementWell drained humus rich soil.
Watering RequirementRequires average amount of water.
PruningLittle pruning needed. If pruning, do so immediately after flowering. Remove any winter damaged wood. Trim to shape.
Additional InformationThe soil pH will affect the color of the flowers (more blue in highly acidic soils and lilac to pink in slight acidic to alkaline soils). Adding lime to the soil will make the flowers appear more pink.
Unique CharactersticsHold their color well. You may dry bloom heads for added interest indoors. Great for patios, mass plantings in shrub borders. No seious insect or disease issues, attracts birds.
Height/Habit36 - 72 inches
Growth RateModerate to fast. Slower in the North regions.