As I was taking my daily drive around the garden to check on various things, I noticed white particles of flowers peeking up in various areas of the garden. When I got a closer look, I realized that they were oak leaf hydrangeas (hydrangea quercifolia), mid-way to peak bloom.
These are the species native to our South Eastern U.S. These hydrangeas are the ones at The Live Garden area that brighten the walls at the entrance and in the Woodland Garden.
If you want a real treat, walk up to the Blecken Pavilion, where our Hydrangea Garden is located, and you will see it in full bloom.
This display area includes small mountain hydrangea (hydrangea serrata), mid-size (macrophylla) big leaf hydrangea, and the large backdrop that is the oak leaf hydrangea cultivar called “Snowflake.” Snowflake has large flower heads with double cream color blossoms layered on top of each other.
The large foliage has outstanding fall color that turns a purple to pink color before the foliage drops in the fall. It is a great plant for heavy shade, but will also take full sun, if kept watered. Please come and take a leisurely stroll through the Garden and visit our oak leaf hydrangea.
By Kyle McLane, MBG horticulturist
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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)