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Old 04-19-2019, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I just planted a Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer series 'Twist and Shout', no blooms yet. Added a couple perennials (purple heuchera and a mauve flowered Columbine) around it, knowing they're going to be overwhelmed and need to be removed when the shrub takes off. There are a couple of groundcovers in this bed as well, lamium (spotted deadnettle) and golden creeping Jenny. So, with a few decorative rocks and a little birdbath, it looks pretty nice 😀!

Wondering if there are any Triangle NC gardener's here, especially ones with experience with hydrangeas. My know-how is all Midwestern, on lime clay soil. I know in Illinois my shrub would have pink flowers. Is there any chance I will get blue flowers here? Or purplish ones at best? I don't want to amend the soil, probably too lazy to keep up with that. Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Go to your local cooperative extension office and ask for a soil test. This is an excellent resource.

https://www.southernliving.com/home-...ydrangea-color
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:15 PM
 
Location: NC
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The more acidic the soil the more likely you will have blue flowers. There are plenty of folks with blue hydrangeas here. Iím guessing when you say lime clay you mean higher pH. If you want blue keep the plants away from brick and cement walls and sidewalks.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I'm saying we had lime clay in Illinois, and was hoping for acidic soil here in NC! Excited to hear that may well be the case. Thank you so much!

Thanks nuts2uiam (cute moniker) for the link. I'm only renting here short-term, says changing flower color could take months, probably not going to bother with that.

Last edited by PrairieGirl; 04-19-2019 at 06:41 PM.. Reason: Forgot to thank nuts2uiam for the link!
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:33 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I'm saying we had lime clay in Illinois, and was hoping for acidic soil here in NC! Excited to hear that may well be the case. Thank you so much!
You can buy soil amendments to adjust the pH.

https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/gro...geas/8609.html
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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we bet on blue.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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OP the acidity of your soil will determine your color.

Read this information...

https://www.gardenista.com/posts/mag...-change-color/
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Is there any chance I will get blue flowers here?

If you want blue, add this.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Espoma-Soil...caAvYkEALw_wcB
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Link wasn't working, I'm guessing this is it?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Espoma-Soil...ancer/50041772
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:52 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Or plant 'em in north Georgia. The red clay soil will change a pink Hydrangea to blue in no time at all.
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