The Wedding Gown Hydrangea is a unique beauty that is guaranteed to impress in your landscape! It produces stunning lacecap flower-heads with petite crisp-white blooms. The mini-blossoms that make up these flower clusters are double-form, which means that you get twice the petals on each flower! These blooms begin appearing in late spring and rebloom into fall.
Its foliage is rich and dark green with serrated edges. These leaves are deciduous, which means that they will wilt and fall off after the first freeze of winter. Have no fear, though, this is simply to improve your plant’s chances of surviving the winter. Some gardeners thoroughly enjoy the texture that these bare stems bring to their winter landscape.
The Wedding Gown reaches 2-3 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide at maturity and it’s naturally rounded in shape. Therefore, it’s remarkably low-maintenance. Little, if any, trimming is required to keep it looking great and tidy in your landscape.
Use this Hydrangea as a specimen, low-hedge, border, accent, or even in containers.
Wedding Gown Hydrangea Care
- This selection is hardy from USDA Zones 5-9.
- It grows best in Partial Sun. All-day lightly filtered sun works well too.
- Provide regular water during the first growing season. Traditionally, 2-3 supplemental waterings per week for the first growing season is sufficient.
- Plant in rich garden soil with good drainage for best results.
- Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer
How to Plant:
- Dig a hole three times the width of the pot that your plant came in.
- The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly higher than the ground around it.
- Mix your native soil with some rich garden soil to provide extra nutrients for your growing plant.
- If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark mulch in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This will help the soil drain more effectively.
- Fill the hole back up with your native soil mixture. Mound the soil over the root ball, but don’t pack soil around the trunk of the plant.
- Afterward, we also recommend applying 3-4 inches of mulch around the base of your plant to help it retain moisture.
- Water your new planting well to settle the soil and hydrate your plant.
Spacing your Wedding Gown Hydrangeas
For a solid hedge, plant them 2 to 2.5 feet apart. They will be able to grow together densely at this distance. For space between plants or a loose hedge, plant them over 3 feet apart.
Popular Companion Plants
- Plant it with other white-blooming plants that do well in partial sun, two great examples are the Empress of China Dogwood or the Confederate Jasmine.
- They contrast beautifully with Rhododendrons, such as the heat-tolerant Southgate Radiance Rhododendron.
- Try them with upright Camellias bushes, for a striking multi-season garden. We recommend the Alabama Beauty Camellia and October Magic Inspiration Camellia.