Asked on May 31, 2012

Flat Top Hydrangeas? tried looking up type type of Hydrangeas.. Big Leave Hydrangeas?

Jim Ginas
by Jim Ginas
Love the white in the leaves and the flowers
  24 answers
  • Beverly P Beverly P on May 31, 2012
    lace cap hydrangea I believe. Very pretty!
  • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on May 31, 2012
    @ Beverly: Thank you. Do you deadhed these flowers when they start dying or will they only et one bloom for the season?
  • Debra D Debra D on May 31, 2012
    one bloom per season, here's a good site for trimming info
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 01, 2012
    You have a variegated lacecap hydrangea, possibly "Mariesii." It sets its buds for the next season right after flowering, so be very cautious in pruning.
  • What ever you are doing for this plant, keep doing it.
  • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Jun 01, 2012
    @ Garden - thank you. not sure, last year it seemed to have a disease and i pruned it way down. @ Doug: It almost seemed to be a cross breed where I can find pics of the lace cap (I guess aka "flat top flower" ??), yet the leaves in those pics don't seem to have the white trim around the edges. either way, I like them. SO, can I deadhead the flowers when they start dying? or just leave them? Are the buds for flowers for next season growing after the flowers from this season start dying off, or actually while flowers could still be on the plant now?
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 02, 2012
    You can deadhead if they bother you. Or leave them for some winter interest and snip off just that part early next spring when it starts to leaf out.
  • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Jun 02, 2012
    Doug: ok, I'll leave them and early in the spring snip off only the dead part. Will have to set myself a reminder so I'm paying attention next spring! Thank you.
    • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Sep 29, 2016
      Hi Jim you can use the flower heads that have dried by spraying them silver or white and using them at Christmas once they are totally dry, they look wonderful in displays. Just an idea to re-use?
  • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Jun 02, 2012
    so yeterday, I drive down 30 minutes to see my sister. The Hydrangeas I have come from here plants approx 4 years ago. Her Lace Cap hydrangeas have pink blooms, where ours are blue. I know its soil based, but kind of cool to see the difference!
  • Irene Irene on Jun 01, 2014
    I had a young one several years ago. It was growing beautifuly. Then we had the house painted. I told the painter and showed him my hydrangea and I marked it. It was a few feet from the house and the painters still stepped on it and killed it. I think it is time for a new one.
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    • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Jul 30, 2014
      @Irene Irene, Great news (should have responded a couple months back); The Hydrangeas all came back bigger and beautiful! I cut all the stems to the ground and they are full and bushier than they were last year. Only one set of flowers on one, though I didn't expect any being I cut them all down, but we should have flowers next spring.
  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Jul 30, 2014
    I have one like it. It is a variegated leaf lace cap hydrangea. Glad it came back.
    • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Jul 30, 2014
      @MaryAnn B me too! thank you. All Oleanders (15), 3 of 4 Jasmin and the Hydrangeas all coming back nicely!
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Feb 16, 2015
    Jim,, MOP HEADS are the old fashioned round ones.I love the foliage on yours...I put coffee grounds on mine and the color is BRIGHT BLUE.....lots of foot traffic on our street. everyone always comments on the color..
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    • Jim Ginas Jim Ginas on Dec 17, 2015
      @Wanda sinnema :) Yup, All the leaves died off and I clearly can see the buds, so HOPEFULLY we don't get those crazy freezing nights that will kill the stems. I MAY wrap them in plastic if weather shows we are going to get freezing temps.
  • Jo A Jo A on Mar 07, 2015
    I have one of these. It blooms very pretty but hasn't grown much.
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on May 02, 2015
    Jim, I forgot to also mention Many espresso shops bag and give away used coffee grounds... great for any acid loving plants(rody's, hydrangea, azalea etc) and great also for your compost..
  • Patti @Hearth and Vine Patti @Hearth and Vine on May 24, 2015
    Variegated lace cap hydrangea macrophylla
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Oct 29, 2015
    I think that might be what he did, makes sense, Thank you I will keep my fingers crossed, I should go take a picture of it....
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Nov 22, 2015
    Jim,,That bush was more sentimental in the fact my late husband bought it for me, the first thing he bought me after moving to our then home.... it was $1.00 from a clearance table, after Easter, at a local grocery store. It had survived about 24 yrs, Still with me at my new smaller home he bought for me years ago that I have just moved into.. Can't wait until it blooms
  • Annette Annette on Jun 19, 2016
    Lace cap is correct
  • Elaine Elaine on Oct 13, 2016
    Yes, that is called a "Lacecap Hydrangea". Beautiful! Before you cut it back, if you want it not so wide or tall, go on Google and research it first. The reason why is that some hydrangeas form the "next year's blooms" on the "old" (or current wood). So if you cut the shrub back, you MIGHT be removing the blooms for 2017! Some hydrangea are such that you can prune old or new "wood" and it won't matter at all but I can't remember what LaceCap's do. Just look it up so you aren't disappointed next Summer. You must have fairly acidic soil as hydrangeas bloom blue if grown in acidic soil. Unfortunately, I have alkaline soil so my hydrangeas are mostly pink.
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    • Elaine Elaine on Oct 14, 2016
      Hi again, Jim. Yes, funnily enough, I grew some hydrangeas from tiny shoots I clipped from a shrub in northern Ontario, then once they were strong enough, were planted in my daughter's southern Ontario garden. She doesn't do a thing (no pruning or cutting back) and gets tons of blooms. I followed a gardening book and had no blooms. Murphy's Law, I guess. Just to clarify, her hydrangea were the Annabelle type - not Lacecaps. Good luck with your hydrangea. Sometimes, the less you fuss over a plant or shrub, the better the result!
  • Kathie Gates-depan Kathie Gates-depan on Nov 07, 2016
    Light o day hydrangea is the variety. I put in two this year.
  • Denise Tippett Naughtin Denise Tippett Naughtin on Jul 19, 2017

    I had a regular round head hydrangea, and I split it up, and 1 of my bushes blossomed like that, does anyone know why? It's beautiful, just would like to know why.

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  • Bernie Ann Lapko Bernie Ann Lapko on Aug 09, 2017

    Bought a pink 3 yrs ago.....has bloomed every year and this year finally grew taller ....fertilized with liquid container attached to garden hose and doing well. I did not dead head until the following Spring and also cut off the dead branches as they are easy to see and just break off at the base....very dry it.....

  • Bernie Ann Lapko Bernie Ann Lapko on Aug 09, 2017

    This is my a lot more blooms this is gorgeous this yr and 3

    yrs old