So you want to plant a native shrub that tolerates half shade (shade in afternoon), has big blooms in the summer and has great Fall color?
Oh yeah, and it should be compact, fairly minimum maintenance and grow to -20 degrees F.
And it should be reddish/pink.
RUBY SLIPPERS OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA is the answer.
|Monrovia - Ruby Slippers close up|
Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum in McMinnville, TN in 2010, the compact Ruby Slippers is a cross between Snow Queen and PeeWee hydrangea and does not grow higher than 4 feet.
It is perfect for small residential gardens (such as mine).
It also does well in planters and containers - perfect for balconies and decks! And if you have a larger area, you can use them in a mass planting, as a striking hedge and in mixed borders.
Blossoms are robust and remain upright even after heavy rains and strong winds. The same is true for the glorious leaves. Just make sure to mulch to retain soil moisture and help keep the roots cool.
Winter interest? It has lovely cinnamon exfoliating bark which is beautiful.
Ruby Slippers is spectacular anywhere it's planted.