Lubera unveils easy-to-look after plants
If you live in one of the colder spots of the UK, or live in a frost pocket, you may have trouble with hydrangeas surviving in a bitter winter.
That’s the ordinary mopheads, that is (Hydrangea macrophylla) but you’ll have no trouble with the splendid Hydrangea paniculata.
Lubera, best known for their fruit breeding innovations, have unveiled a new range of these tough panicle hydrangeas, called Hydrangeasy®, in a range of colours.
They cope with cold winters because their flower heads are formed on this year’s shoots unlike H. macrophylla, which forms its buds the previous year, so they have to go through a winter.
Panicle hydrangeas are very easy to grow and prune – just cut back all of last year’s shoots to the base in March before budding.
Their long flowering period runs from July to October so they’re worth a spot in any garden! All are bred by Robert Maierhofer of Lubera, apart from Schlumpfenhut, bred Robert and his son Felix.
Solitary hydrangea with the gigantic double flower heads; it belongs to the panicle hydrangeas with the largest cyme umbels.
At the base of the panicles, secondary panicles develop all around, forming something like a brim of a Smurf’s hat. Beautiful green colour, mostly also slightly pinkish at the ends.
Hydrangeasy® Red Chic
This upright, stable plant is only 60-90 cm tall, with flowers rapidly changing from white to bright red, sometimes dark dusky pink or dark pink in autumn.
A compact plant, about the same width and height, with medium-sized, round, conical panicles, densely packed with composite flowers. Colouring at different times varies from white to pink and then to green, or even directly to green.
Very regular growth and bushy, after 3-4 years a shrub can develop up to 50 or more flowering shoots with large, round, conical panicles; densely filled with composite flowers.
The panicles are initially white; in the upper, later developing part they are yellow-green, however, they immediately turn green and remain stable until late autumn.
Hydrangeasy® Red Starlets
Fine, wiry and stable, upright habit, narrow and slender overall impression, compact with a final height of 50-80 cm.
The slender, long, tapering flower panicles are covered with loose, large composite flowers, like stars on small “plant rockets”.
The composite flowers turn bright red immediately after blooming from bottom to top. They keep this colour from July to September, turning almost dark red to Bordeaux red at the end.
Medium-sized, rather round panicles, with about half of the petals remaining attached to the panicles even in winter.
The developing panicles are yellowish-green, later stable, white flowering, hardly any discolouration.
Hydrangeasy® Pink Starlets
Grows to 100-120cm high and about the same width, with elegant, long, pointed panicles loosely covered with composite flowers.
Immediate and stable changing of colours from white to pink, sometimes with additional light green shades. Seed capsules of the real flowers in the background develop a dark bright red.
Upright, with dynamic yet uniformly growing shoots in all directions. Starts flowering early; it blooms white at first and then turns light green, which remains stable for most of the summer.
Towards the end of the growing season shades of pink appear at the edges of the individual composite flowers.
Hydrangeasy® Shabby Chic
Super compact with huge flower panicles in all shades of pink, with a touch of green.
The flower panicles alternate between pink to dusky pink and slightly green. Each flower is again slightly different and individual, giving a lively overall impression.
Panicles and flowers are large. The composite flowers first unfold at the base, where white dominates, while towards the top, it still appears yellow to bright light green.
After the complete development of the composite flowers, the flower umbels are white for a long time. At the end of the flowering period, some panicles turn pink and green.
For more details visit www.lubera.co.uk.