Monday, February 10, 2014

Making Sense of Hydrangeas

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I know exactly what you have been worried about. Last summer I know it was worrying me. Then……Colleen Zacharias gave a seminar last September about …..Hydrangeas. And I took notes:
There are three types of Hydrangeas.
Arborescens, which is also commonly known as a mop head, has large round flower clusters. They bloom on new wood and should be pruned in late fall or early spring. The most well known is Annabelle, which can be pruned to 6” in the spring of its third year. 
The second type is Paniculata - Limelight and Quick Fire - which has a cone shaped flower cluster. It is the easiest to grow and also blooms on new wood. You can also prune this one in late fall or early spring. The Quick Fire Hydrangea is great for gardens as it blooms one month earlier than other Hydrangeas.
The third type is Macrophylla - Endless Summer - which is known for the large leaves. It blooms on new and old wood. This type, especially, doesn’t like the afternoon sun and must not be pruned. 
It’s important to consider the following guidelines when growing Hydrangeas. They need three deep waterings a week with a weak fertilizer mix. Most varieties need afternoon shade and they should all be mulched. 
Stop by and see us in the spring and check out all the varieties that we have at Jensen’s.
Now your worrying is over,



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Saturday, July 21, 2012


Jensen Nursery has those Hydrangeas you have been thinking about...
You must have seen those shrubby plants with huge flower structures – some the size of a small child’s head; or you always wondered where that friend of yours got that beautiful dried flower arrangement.  Look no further than besides Jensen’s main building – it’s the Hydrangea.
Remember that great article on Hydrangeas in the Winnipeg Free Press back in the early spring?  (
Colleen Zacharias astutely summarized that all Hydrangeas are not created equal.  Some are needing a strategic trim in the spring to flower (Hydrangea arborescens c.v.), while others can take a decapitation almost to the ground (Hydrangea paniculata c.v.).  And remember:  some of this pruning may be done by your furry little garden friend, the rabbit – so be mindful of the type you want and the effort of protection (both by herbivores and deep cold snaps) that you are willing to provide.
Jensen’s still has the following varieties, so be sure to go to the website to check-out these beauties (
H. Paniculata
Fire and Ice
Little Lamb (smaller flowers for shadier spaces)
Little Lime
Pee Gee (the grandmother of all the P.g.s)
Pinky Winky
Quick Fire

H. arborescens

Bella Anna
Invincibelle Spirit (the Breast Cancer support)
Vanilla Strawberry

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