Imagine: You love flowers and the bigger and bolder they are, the happier they make you. Yet your outdoor living space is quite shady, so you need plants that will thrive in with only four hours of direct sun. Thankfully, you’ve discovered the Enchantress hydrangea. She caught your attention the moment you saw her fresh green leaves and the contrasting black stems, but you were fully snagged by the rich blue flowers that lasted all summer. Enchanting indeed.
Name: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Monmar’ aka Enchantress® Hydrangea aka blue enchantress hydrangea
Type of Plant: This is one of the new mophead hydrangeas on the block. It’s said to be hardy in Zone 5-9 but I suspect that the flowering is best in a warm zone 6 and above. It is one of the hydrangeas that blooms on both old and new growth.
Why I love this: On Cape Cod we had conditions last year that killed off most of the hydrangea buds that had formed on old stems. This meant that in May, when I went out to prune my hydrangeas, I was confronted with many bare, dead canes. Enchantress was no different and I thought, “Too bad, I won’t see any flowers on this plant this summer.” But I was delighted when, in late June, the plant began to produce many flowers on the new growth. This was contrary to many of my other shrubs that only make flowers on new canes late in the summer or even into the fall. I was also impressed by the strong, upright stems on this plant. I look forward to seeing how Enchantress does after a more mild winter!
A Word to the Wise: Expect this to grow up to 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide, so plan accordingly. Like most H. macrophylla the flowers on this plant last longest when they are protected from the mid-day sun.