Next Generation 'Red Sensation' Hydrangea

Next Generation 'Red Sensation' Hydrangea

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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

3 Feet

Mature Width

3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay

Description / Next Generation 'Red Sensation' Hydrangea

This compact shrub earns its name with every mophead bloom it sets! Part of the exciting Next Generation™ series of reblooming Hydrangeas, 'Red Sensation' wows with rounded "snowballs" of lime green that turn bright red at maturity . . . then mature to rich antique purple! All this on a shrub just 3 feet high and wide -- compact enough for a patio container!

'Red Sensation' is a powerhouse in a very petite package. Well-branched and bushy, it sets masses of flowers, but you'd never know it from the slender, rounded silhouette it presents! Large, toothy bright green leaves bank the blooms in fresh color from spring through frost, then drop for winter. It never needs trimming or pruning to keep its neat little shape!

The blooms are quite large, packed with florets, and very long-lasting. Expect the first wave in midsummer, long after the final frost (so you don't lose the buds to freak cold spells!), and very abundant. They begin green, then swell and turn red. Cut them at any stage for fresh or dried arrangements indoors; Hydrangea's petals turn papery and may fade a bit, but hold onto the stem and are great for everlastings!

After the first wave of blooms passes, cut or deadhead the remaining flowering stems and let the shrub rest for several weeks. Then, as summer turns to fall, you will notice a second flowering beginning. Just in time for tailgating and back-to-school bouquets for teachers, you have another wave of brilliant red! And be sure to leave as many flowers on the shrub as you can, because they will mature to a rich plummy purple as the weather turns chillier!

Like all Hydrangeas, 'Red Sensation' is a snap to grow. It does best in partial shade or dappled sun in all but the northernmost settings, and loves moist soil. While it thrives in the heat and humidity of southern summers, it is not a drought-tolerant plant; that "hydra" in its name means, "I love water!" If your soil tends to dry out, mulch this shrub in very well and put it on a regular watering schedule throughout the growth season to keep it blooming its best.

That said, few shrubs offer the carefree beauty of Hydrangea. It never needs pruning, and it resists almost all pests and diseases. The flowers remain for a long season (two long seasons in 'Red Sensation's' case!), and the foliage is attractive as well. You can't go wrong with this mainstay of the border, foundation, and accent planting. And now 'Red Sensation' brings its more compact habit to make the shrub available for container plantings, too!

Most Hydrangea blooms are pink or blue, depending upon soil pH, so the pure red of this variety is a rare treat. Enjoy the color changes, vibrant hues, and compact size of this delightful little shrub for decades to come in your shady garden! Zones 5-9.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Hydrangea
Species macrophylla
Variety 'Red Sensation'
PPAF 18,197
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Compact
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Part Shade
Bloom Color Green, Purple, Red
Bloom Season Start Mid Summer
Bloom Season End Early Fall
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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