Everlasting Ocean Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hortmoc’)
Everlasting Ocean Hydrangea
When you think of Hydrangeas, you may just think of the garishly bright pinks and blues in your grandmother’s garden. If you’re looking for something different, might we suggest that you give Everlasting™ Ocean Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hortmoc’) a try? The big mopheads are consistent bloomers! Backed by a dense mound of quilted, serrated foliage, these compact shrubs look gorgeous even when not in bloom!
The flower colors begin softly, not in garish pinks or blues, but with fringed, creamy pink or pale lilac florets. Slowly the petals begin to get celery-green highlights while the pink and lilac deepen to rose and lavender. Eventually, the green color moves from the base of each petal and the highlights begin to change the entire bloom to bright lime green with vivid pink edges. Talk about an ocean of change!
Everlasting Ocean is a re-bloomer that is very dense, Everlasting™ is a Dutch series of Hydrangeas developed specifically for the cut flower market, so you know that the blooms must be spectacular to meet such high expectations! The stems are strong and straight and are bred not to flop or twist. The flowers are super long-lasting and very big, considering the height of the plant.
Ideal cutting garden and cottage garden additions, Everlasting™ Ocean is a beautiful low hedge and property definition! Drop a row along your home’s foundation planting, or a row along a fence line to add a dreamy pop of color. Use as backdrops to your Rose gardens or add to mixed-shrub plantings. A pair standing astride your front steps or welcoming you to the start of a path or on either side of the entrance of your driveway.
The smaller size and compact growth make Everlasting™ Ocean great in containers and planters! Use as a formal planting in an upscale container on your patio or near your home’s front door, or mix among other shrubs and spillers for more informal plantings. Plant a row of these compact shrubs along your driveway or the front of your home’s property to separate it from the sidewalk and prying eyes.
Bigleaf Hydrangea does best in full sun for the strongest stems, but Everlasting™ also tolerates partial shade, especially in the hottest of its favored USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. Plant in a well-drained enriched environment with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the root zone. These shrubs do best in a consistent, yet moderate amount of moisture, so be sure to water in times of extreme heat and drought.
We are pretty sure that once you are caught in Everlasting™ Ocean Hydrangeas undertow, it will probably become one of your favorite garden plants!
|Common name||Everlasting Ocean Hydrangea|
|Botanical name||Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hortmoc'|
|Height||3 - 4 ft.|
|Width||3 - 4 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||After Flowering|
|Flower color||Blue or Pink|