|Size||3-4′ tall by 3-4′ wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||4-9|
|Sun / Shade||full sun to part shade|
|Soil||average garden soil|
|Moisture||moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||none known|
|Landscape use||foundations, cutting gardens, wildlife gardens, borders, foundations, small urban gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Strong, sturdy stems support large lavender pink mop head blooms that age to a lovely lime green.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative cuttings|
|Date of Introduction||2011|
|Bloom Time||May-June on old wood|
Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:
Hydrangea Everlasting Opal is a brand new selection with amazing potential. Sturdy, mop head blooms on thick, upright stems emerge bright, lavender-pink. As the blooms mature, they change to lime green and develop pink picotee markings, but remain strong and sturdy as a cut flower. The final aging stage of this grand and stately beauty is celadon green, a favorite of mine and many brides too. This is one plant you’ll want in your garden for viewing and for cutting year after year.
Gardeners will love the mopheads of the Everlasting Series with their variety of colors, handsome foliage, and sturdy plants. Each stem is a bouquet, and even a young plant makes a show worthy of Mother’s Day. Be sure to create a display of Everlasting hydrangeas as a gift, perhaps in a planter ready to adorn the doorstep. On the other hand, one stem in a pretty vase at checkout will send customers back to the nursery wanting more. These hydrangeas got their start as strong-stemmed cut flowers, but they have proven to be outstanding plants overall and garden hardy in zones 5 to 8.