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Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea) and Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea) offer a multitude of different cultivars with lacecap and mophead flowers in shades of blue, pink, white, purple, and red.  Both are deciduous shrubs that prefer partial shade and moist, well drained soil.  If grown in full sun, H. macrophylla has a tendency for the foliage […]

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Hydrangea arborescens, Smooth Hydrangea, is a deciduous shrub which grows 3-6 feet tall and wide.  Native from New York to Florida, it prefers partial shade to shade but will tolerate more sun with ample moisture.  Hydrangea arborescens produces creamy white lacecap flowers, which feel airy in effect, when compared to the mophead flowers of the […]

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Summer is hydrangea season!  These beautiful flowering shrubs are dotted throughout the Winterthur Garden providing oases of summer color.  The blooms range in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue and vary in shape; mopheads, lacecaps, and panicles.  The leaves are also widely variable as is the overall size and habit of each hydrangea.  All […]

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Winterthur is welcoming guests back into the garden once again on July 1st. Our beautifully choreographed spring display has transitioned to shaded paths, trickling water features and punctuations of summer color. Some of the highlights in the garden right now are hydrangeas, summer perennials such as daylily and Actaea (bugbane) with the purple flowers of […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #11 June 24, 2020 82F, sunny +: Abundant fbb: Flower-bud breaking b: Some bloom fb: Full Bloom pf: Petals falling/drying pb: Past bloom (few remain) ber: Berries, fruits . Check these out:  The catalpa trees (Catalpa bignonioides) in the upper meadow of the entrance drive are covered in white flowers.  […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #10 June 17, 2020 73F, cloud-covered +: Abundant fbb: Flower-bud breaking b: Some bloom fb: Full Bloom pf: Petals falling/drying pb: Past bloom (few remain) ber: Berries, fruits . Check these out:  For a floriferous experience, stroll the mowed path along the front pond past the Needle’s Eye folly to be […]

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Rhododendrons continue to color the Winterthur Garden in white, pinks and lavenders. Rosebay Rhododendron, (R. maximum) is a large broadleaf rhododendron native to eastern North America. Its flowers are just now opening and you can find them near the lower Peony Garden, the Visitor Center’s entrance and the March Bank. They traditionally flower in either […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #09 June 10, 2020 88F, sunny +: Abundant fbb: Flower-bud breaking b: Some bloom fb: Full Bloom pf: Petals falling/drying pb: Past bloom (few remain) ber: Berries, fruits . Check these out:  Don’t miss the lilies (Lilium martagon) that are in full bloom in Azalea Woods and Icewell Terrace. Their show […]

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Rhododendrons continue to brighten and perfume the Winterthur garden. We don’t know the stories behind all the cultivars but one is particularly telling in respect for Mr. du Pont’s prestige in the horticulture field.  Joseph Gable, one of the pioneering azalea and rhododendron hybridizers of the early twentieth century wrote the following to H.F. du Pont […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #07 May 27, 2020 79F, sunny +: Abundant fbb: Flower-bud breaking b: Some bloom fb: Full Bloom pf: Petals falling/drying pb: Past bloom (few remain) ber: Berries, fruits . Check these out:  The peonies in the Peony Garden and the candelabra primroses (Primula japonica) in the Winterhazel Walk area and the […]

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