Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer Pink ('Bailmer')
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to October
- Flower colour: pink (in normal or alkaline soils)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A revolutionary new breakthrough in the horticultural world, the 'Endless Summer' Hydrangeas will produce flowers on both old and new wood. That means that you are almost certainly guaranteed a profusion of flowers from June to October. This is the pink form (they also come in blue and white), although like all the other Hydrangeas, you can alter their flower colour by adding hydrangea colourant or planting in acidic soil.
- Garden care: Leave the old flower heads in place through the winter. As the new shoots start to emerge in spring cut back a third to a quarter of the previous seasons flowering stems to the base and cut back the remaining flower heads to the first pair of buds.
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Q:Hello, Last year, I bought lots of this endless summer hydrangea last year to plant en masse
I've read the advice about how to prune it. Have I left it a bit late? When's the best time to prune? I started to cut 1/3 back at the base. Then it says to cut all other stems back to first pair of buds. Green shoot/leaf has already started to emerge out the top of each stem is it right to cut this off down to the first set of buds? Or if I had pruned sooner would that have been better - please tell me if I should still go ahead and prune them or leave them & do it earlier next year?
Thank you very much for your helpAsked on 4/24/2013 by CupcakeCharlie from Derbyshire
It is late, but as we have had such an unusually cold Spring, I would carry on and do it as normal.Answered on 4/25/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Bees in my lawn? Also Magnolia and Hydrangea advice please
Hi Can you please help? I have thousands, and thousands, of what looks like bees, with a black body and white striped head hovering and burrowing into my lawn - they burrow like ants. What are they? Also can you tell me which pink Magnolia or Hydrangea I can plant in my garden? (chalky, with some lime) or scented shrubs Thank you MarilynAsked on 4/13/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello Marilyn, These sound like Mason Bees, which really are very good guys in the garden. They do not swarm and will only sting if grabbed and they will ensure you have a bumper crop of fruit and flowers. As for the Magnolia/Hydrangea question, the flowers of nearly all the Hydrangeas will turn pink on alkaline soils. Some of the best include Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hydrangea-macrophylla-endless-summer-pink=-bailmer/classid.2000011037/ Also if the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias:- M.grandiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-grandiflora-/classid.4124/ M. x loebneri Leonard Messel http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-%C3%97-loebneri-leonard-messel/classid.4144/ M.stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/specimen-plants/magnolia-stellata-/classid.2000012898/ M. wilsonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-wilsonii-/classid.7928/ Finally, the following link will take you to our full list of shrubs that grow in alkaline soils and have scented flowers. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.10/vid.230/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/13/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What shade of blue will my Hydrangea be?
I have just looked at your blue Hydrangeas on the website, and I am curious to know, which picture shows the true likeness of colour for these plant? Thank you.Asked on 4/9/2010 by PATRICK BARRETT
A:Hello There, The flower colour of the Hydrangea flower will vary depending on the pH of your soil, so they are more blue in acidic soils and take on pink tones when planted in alkaline soils. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/12/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What colour flower will a Hydrangea produce in a lime soil?
Hi, I like the Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer Blue' ('Bailmer') in a 5 litre pot. On the website it doesn't mention any specific soil requirements. What colour will the flowers be in lime soil? Thank you StephanieAsked on 3/8/2010 by Stephanie Thorne
A:Hello Stephanie Like all the other Hydrangeas, the flower colour of this cultivar will become pinker in alkaline soils, so ideally should be grown in neutral to acidic soils to keep the colour. I'm sorry for any confusion and will amend the details on our site to make this clearer. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/9/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....
Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards MargaretAsked on 12/5/2009 by D DRAKETT
A:Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hello there, I have a wonderful Hydrangea 'Tricolor' which has just finished flowering for this year. However it is now getting too big for its space and I would like to move it. I am wondering if this is possible and if so if now is the best time to do this or if it would be better to wait till the spring. Hope you can help as it is a lovely plant and I do not want to lose it but it is definitely beginning to look unhappy in its current place, although the aspect is appropriate. Thanking you in advance for your time with this. LizAsked on 10/23/2009 by ldavidson
A:Dear Helen Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful reply to my
email about moving my Hydrangea. I will do as you say as I am very
keen for it to survive! Thanks again LizAnswered on 10/26/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Liz, The best time to move established shrubs is in the autumn when the soil is still warm but the plant isn't in full active growth - so now is perfect. Begin by marking a circle around the shrub, as wide as the widest branch. Dig a trench along the line of this circle. Use a fork to loosen the soil around the root ball as you go to reduce its
size and weight so that it becomes manageable. When the root ball looks about the right size that you can still move it but there are still a lot of roots intact, begin to under cut the root ball with a sharp spade to sever the biggest woody roots. Roll up the root ball in sacking or plastic to protect the roots from damage and drying out. Move the shrub to a pre determined position. It is important to have the site ready so that you can transplant the shrub at once and it isn't left for hours (or worse!) drying out. Remove the sacking and plant the shrub in the new hole, at the depth at which it was previously planted. Firm well, water well and mulch with a good thick layer of well rotted farmyard manure. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/26/2009 by ldavidson
Q:Hydrangea not flowering
Hi I have a Hydrangea in my garden. For a few years it was in a pot but for some reason, it only ever seem to flower every other year. The autumn before last, I planted it in the border as it was getting too big to leave in a pot. It didn't flower last year so I was expecting it to bloom this year but it hasn't got a single flower. Around the beginning of the year I noticed the slugs had had a go at it as it was looking poorly. However, I sorted that problem and the foliage is looking really healthy but it still hasn't got a single flower. Any ideas about what could have gone wrong, please? Thanks SylviaAsked on 7/29/2009 by Sylvia Styles
A:Hello Sylvia, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower, but the most likely cause of your problems are either a late frost killing off the buds, or it could be pruning at the wrong time of the year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Lacecap Hydrangea is not flowering?
Hi, I have a lacecap Hydragea which I planted in a pot. It has grown quite well this year, the leaves are very healthy, but I have no flowers on it. Can you help please? Kind Regards KimAsked on 7/7/2009 by Kim Nutbean
A:Hello Kim, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite.Answered on 7/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hello I am an old customer or Crocus. I bought 3 Hydrangeas a couple of years ago and they have grown very well and make our garden very beautiful. As I am an amateur gardener, I am really pleased about the results and would like to plant more.I like the look of Hydangea Endless Summer Pink and Hydrangea 'Annabelle'. Will one pot each be sufficient to create a good effect? (I'm on a budget hence this question). I look forward to your reply. SholaAsked on 7/6/2009 by Shola O
A:Hello Shola, One of the main rules when gardening though is to plan for the future and that is why we give the eventual heights and spreads of each plant we sell on our site - its to the right of the photos up the top. This then should give you an indication of how many you will need to fill a certain space. These Hydrangeas will get pretty big eventually and just one plant will look lovely. If you want more immediate results, the Hydangea Endless Summer Pink is faster growing than the Hydrangea 'Annabelle', which can be a little thin when it it young.Answered on 7/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Rabbit proof shrubs
Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention AndyAsked on 6/15/2009 by Clark, Andy (buying)
A:Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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