Twist and Shout Hydrangea is a very popular member of the Endless Summer Hydrangea family, and for good reason. This newest member of the family was introduced in North America in 2009, and was developed at the University of Georgia, combining the best traits of Penny Mac and Lady in Red.
The blossoms vary in color depending on the acidity of the soil. The bountiful blooms are unique with centers of lacy pink caps, surrounded by petals of varying shades of pink and periwinkle blue.
The Endless Summer family of Hydrangeas are easy to care for and are winter hardy in zones 4-9. They bloom on both old and new wood, providing gorgeous large blossoms of color throughout the summer.
Twist and Shout Hydrangea Endless Summer do well in partial shade (morning sun and afternoon shade seem to work best) and soil that is kept moist, but not wet. The stems of the shrubs turn red, and the foliage burgundy-red in the fall.
Shrubs grow to 3′-5′ in height and width and work well as a focal point in a garden, or as a backdrop for other perennials and annuals.
To plant your Twist and Shout Hydrangea:
1) Locate an area that receives approximately 1/2 day of morning sun where the shrub will have room to grow to its full size of 3′-5′ in diameter and height.
2) Dig a hole that is 1 1/2 times the size of the pot that the plant is in.
3) Tipping the plant upside down, remove it from the pot and loosen the root ball.
4) Center the root ball in the middle of the hole and add enough soil back in so that the top of the root ball is even with the top of the hole.
5) Fill the hole with water until it is 1/2 full.
6) Fill in the remaining hole with dirt and pack down securely.
7) Water around the base of the plant, then cover with mulch.
8) Keep the soil moist, but well drained.
9) Fertilizer can be added in the spring, but should not be applied after August.
10) Foliage can be trimmed back in the fall after a killing frost, but may also be left for winter accent in the garden.
Twist and Shout Hydrangea is a wonderful addition to a landscape, providing four-season beauty in the garden, with very little maintenance.
The right time to plant warm weather crops outdoors.
After a snow-less March in Minneapolis (first time since they’ve been recording the weather), and an April that seemed like May (blooming lilacs, dandelions, and crab trees), the first week of May feels like early April – in a “normal” year.
The forecast calls for snow north of the cities this weekend. There is definitely something to be said for the “urban heat island” when you’re itching to get out in the garden.
I was at the local garden center this weekend and the place was crawling with fellow gardeners seeking vibrant, blooming color to liven up their terrain. Of course it could have been the $2 bags of mulch that drew in the crowd, but my instincts tell me it was the burning desire that most gardeners get in early spring to get out and start planting. As tempting as that is, I don’t recommend planting any warm weather sets or annuals that are not hardy before Memorial Day Weekend. It’s just too likely that temps will dip into the freezing range overnight.
Even during an unusually warm spring like this one has been, planting sets before the end of May doesn’t gain you much. I’ve found that the warm weather crops (tomatoes and peppers) don’t grow much in cool temperatures. They do just as well indoors until overnight temps are safe. Of course, you should set the plants outdoors during the day in a sheltered area to help harden them off before planting them in the ground.
OK – so I’ll admit it. I did purchase a few annual flowers to add color around my backyard pond. I didn’t get too crazy though – just a few trays of impatiens, marigolds, and violas. I also picked up some mulch for the ground around the pond. There was plenty of shredded leaves left from the fall leaf harvest (the annual shred fest that produces 30 lawn bags of shredded oak leaves and makes wonderful mulch), but I like to add a thin layer to give a bright, fresh look in the spring. I thoroughly enjoyed adding the flowers to the back landscaped area behind the pond and scattering the mulch around. That was a good dose of digging that will last until the warm weather returns – when I plan to add some Endless Summer™ Hydrangea