Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Gartenbaudirektor Kuhnert’ (syn. ‘Garden Director Kuhnert’) – A large-flowered Mophead hydrangea that is usually blue in acidic soils, but will change according to the soil pH. It blooms from mid to late summer, with the flowers drying well if left to mature. Best grown in part to full sun in coastal BC. Grows 5′ high by 5-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘EVERLASTING Coral’ (syn. ‘Hokomac’) – A new introduction from Plants Nouveau which features June to September blooms that emerge a coral pink, shifting to violet pink as they mature and developing beautiful lime green highlights. It is a very compact cultivar with long-lasting blooms that make great cut flowers. Grows 24-30″. Z5.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Souvenir du President Doumer’ – This cultivar tends to lean towards purples, deep blues or a rich rose colouring, depending on the pH of the soil. The 8″ wide blooms are borne midsummer and can persist into fall, although you are best to do your pruning just as they fade in late summer. A somewhat compact cultivar. Grows 4′ high by 4-5′ wide. Zone 6.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘EVERLASTING Opal’ (syn. ‘Xian’) – Another member of the Everlasting Series with rich pink blooms that change as they age, developing a picotee and eventually fading to a stunning lime green. It will prefer a part to full sun exposure with even soil moisture in order to avoid scorch. Durable cut flower. Grows 3-4′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 5.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Niedersachsen’ – A very old cultivar that dates from 1914 and whose name translates as ‘Lower Saxony’. It blooms from July through to September with rounded blue to pink flower clusters which will vary with the soil pH. They are near white when they open, picking up their colouring as they age and fade. Grows 4′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.