- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Not only very beautiful when in flower from midsummer (it has larger than average lacecap flowers), this hydrangea is also hailed as one of the most tolerant. Therefore, if you have a spot that is cold and exposed, or if you live by the seaside, or even if your soil leaves a lot to be desired, then this is the hydrangea for you. Keep in mind though that like most hydrangeas the flower colour (in this case the inner florets), will change colour depending on the soils pH - turning pink in neutral to alkaline soils and bluer in acidic soils.
- Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather, soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.