Hydrangea Color Fantasy (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Color Fantasy’)

Hydrangea Color Fantasy

  • Bright Pink/Red Mophead Blooms
  • Will Bloom Purple in Acidic Soils
  • Deep Green Foliage
  • Leaves Turn Red in the Fall
  • Midsummer Blooms
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Great Foundation Plant
  • Urban Garden Stunner
  • Easy to Care For
  • Low Growth Habit

Looking for more color than you could imagine? Even in your wildest dreams? No need to continue the search, Color Fantasy Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Color Fantasy’) is here and you’re going to have to see it to believe it!

Grab your sunglasses because the shade of this shrub isn’t for the faint of heart. Each summer, without fail, a profusion of blooms cascade across the plant in a flurry of fuchsia.

Of course, each headliner needs a solid backup to be truly phenomenal and the dark green foliage doesn’t disappoint. It provides the perfect contrast for the brilliant flowers, not to mention a great backdrop for other perennials nearby.

It’s lower growing habit means it’ll give your garden a solid punch of flower power without feeling like it’s overruling the rest of the garden. No one likes a spotlight hog!

Each blossom shines like a jewel in the landscape and draws the eyes like one too! Your neighbors will “ooh” and “ahh” at Color Fantasy’s mesmerizing flower color.

They won’t be the only ones though. Beneficial pollinators like butterflies will flutter from near and far.

This stellar little shrub wouldn’t be caught dead only excelling in one area. The show continues when in later summer the leaves turn a strong shade of deep red. Yes red! Talk about three seasons of interest!

When you add a Color Fantasy Hydrangea to your garden, you’re also adding the option of deep purple flowers in your midsummer bouquet arrangements. Bring a couple inside to brighten up your living room or kitchen counter.

The perks to this plant are plenty and if you’re still unconvinced, just have another look at that intense color! Still on the fence?

How to Use Color Fantasy Hydrangea in the Landscape

Ok, ok, we see you’re still wondering exactly how you use a hydrangea so small in stature. We’ll give you a few ideas.

Sometimes the windows on your house extend low to the ground. Instead of getting a large bush that might block your views, use a Color Fantasy! They make gorgeous foundation plants.

Oftentimes, when you live in urban areas, you’re yard or garden is on the smaller side. Don’t compromise color due to cramped spaces! This shrub was made to shine in small spaces and is an efficient way to inject a little life into your little landscape.

Due to its small growing habit, Color Fantasy also works extremely well in containers. Add one to either side of your entryway to make a powerful first impression to all who come over to visit!

There’s always the classic ways to use this shrub as well. Plant as an accent in your perennial gardens. It’ll make a great midrow addition that won’t grow to cover up your back row plants and won’t get lost behind your front and center perennials either!

Do you have a pollinator garden? Color Fantasy would look incredible next to your other butterfly attractors!

When push comes to shove though, you can plant this winner just about anywhere and it’ll look absolutely amazing. It’s another reason why many refer to it as the jewel of the garden.

Tips for Care

Hydrangeas are fairly easy to take care of. Once you’ve got the perfect planting spot, everything falls right into place.

When picking that perfect planting spot though, you’ll want to take into account the climate you live in. If it’s somewhere with particularly hot summers, planting Color Fantasy in a spot with dappled sunlight or where it’ll take some afternoon shade from the harsh sun rays.

On the other hand, if you’re in a region with milder summers, then full sun will do your plant just fine. Well drained soil is also a must for a happy and healthy plant.

No matter where you plant it though, adding a layer of mulch starting one inch away from the base will help keep the roots evenly moist and conserve water in the process! Plus, mulch always makes a garden look its best!

Pruning isn’t something you’ll have to worry about, since Color Fantasy doesn’t grow to be very big. However, if you do choose to reduce the size, simply grab your favorite garden shears and shorten the stems that bloomed leaving the younger stems in place.In colder climates you may need to prune off any winter damaged tips once it starts growing in spring.

Life could be a dream (and your garden too) with a Color Fantasy Hydrangea or two.

Hydrangea Color Fantasy (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Color Fantasy’) Details

Common name Hydrangea Color Fantasy
Botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla 'Color Fantasy'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 1/2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 1/2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Red , Pink (Purple in Acidic Soils)