Hydrangea Macrophylia AB Green Shadow
Its a great plant but its not what was intended for this entry in my (profile of plants)
My intention was to feature the new stunning (Skimmia Japonica Pabella) However things didn’t turn out as expected, I will tell you a little of what went wrong, in the meantime lets sing the praises of a, pretty good Hydrangea.
Hydrangea Macrophylia (mophead) AB Green Shadow
We purchased Green Shadow in early Summer this year. Green flowers were just starting to show.
I potted it up in a decent sized container using an equal part mix of John Innes No.3 and a good quality garden compost.
This shrub was required, to add a bit of colour to the most North facing part of the back garden. Many Hydrangeas can do remarkably well in part shade or even quite deep shade and I find that those with red flowers, like Green Shadow seem to hold on to their colour well into the Autumn or early Winter.
Come mid July, the flower buds true to the name of the shrub open up in a shade of lime green then started to colour up in all shades of pink.
August arrived and the Hydrangea was looking very healthy, the more mature blooms were a deep red whilst newer ones were multi coloured, giving a great effect.
September came along and the plant was a mass of red flowers and still producing a few new flower heads.
We are now in the middle of November and there is not a lot blooming in the garden, however Hydrangea Green Shadow is still looking pretty good, in fact, all the pictures I have taken of it have been in the last few days, unfortunately I didn’t take any whilst at its very best, my intention was to feature this one next year.
Green Shadow apparently does well, planted in the border, and is also highly recommended as a container plant, ideal for the patio owing to its neat habit. Although its wise to ensure that you have good drainage when growing Hydrangeas in a pot, you really don’t have to concern yourself with over watering in Spring and Summer. Hydrangea, the clue is in the name, requires constant watering in the growing season.
Hardiness – – – Fully hardy in uk
Position – – – Best in sheltered spot sun/ part shade/full shade
Height – – – 1 mtr/3ft
Common name – – – mophead
Skimmia Japonica Pabella
I ordered this plant from a mail order company which was advertising this very difficult to come by shrub. Although I had paid for it, the growers in Holland who had promised to supply the plant ran out of available stock. My intention was to give a general profile of the Skimmia and give updates on its performance throughout the coming year. I will continue to search for it, in the meantime, below is how I first came across Skimmia Pabella.
We came across Skimmia Pabella in the new garden of the previous owner of the house which we now live in.
Karen had found out that we were keen gardeners and asked if we would have a look at the garden of her new house, I say new, the house is actually more than two hundred years old, a truly charming cottage with a very interesting garden.
I spotted this shrub which she had in a container, glossy dark green foliage smothered in panicles of bright red berries. It was clearly a Skimmia and although in Aberdeen I had never seen a Skimmia with berries, it is quite a common sight here in Cheshire.
However it was the month of July, and I felt that the berries on a Skimmia would have gone over by mid Summer. To be honest the plant looked so perfect I began to wonder if it was artificial, so I picked off a berry, course it was real.
I was pleased to find that the label was still attached and some research shows that Pabella was discovered growing in a nursery in Holland actually attached to Skimmia Rubella a male plant.
The Dutch grower entered the Skimmia into a competition named (the tulip award in 2013) not surprising to me, it won.
The mail order company has promised to come back to me when it does become available. If you find a supplier first, do get in touch with me.
© 2015, Alistair. All rights reserved.