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Hydrangea macrophylla Cityline® Venice

Hydrangea macrophylla Cityline® Venice

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Venice Raven' PP#10,928

Item # 47961

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Plant Patent #10,928. Cultivar name: 'Venice Raven.'

The natural dwarf habit of this lovely Bigleaf Hydrangea from Germany is compact and dense, with far more flowering stems than most others. Small enough for containers or any tight spot, Cityline® Venice is an attention-getter with giant fuchsia blooms and fresh, attractive green foliage. It belongs front and center in the shrub border, patio garden, or your best container!

Just 1 to 3 feet high and wide, this shrub offers large, neatly serrated leaves of fresh spring green that keep their clean look from spring till frost. They form an excellent foil for the very large blooms to follow. These flowers open pale pink, then darken to a rich, hard-to-find shade of bright fuschia. Very showy for cutflowers, and simply covering the plant if left in place.

Cityline® Venice appreciates protection from harsh afternoon sun, and if you plant it beneath deciduous trees, check the first year to make sure it isn't getting too much sunlight during the winter months. It begins blooming in early summer and continues until autumn, for a huge show of color in a very small space. Zones 5-9.

Hydrangea Incrediball Following just a few simple growing tips for hydrangea will produce healthy plants with fluffy colorful blooms year after year.

Planting Your Hydrangea

Planting your hydrangeas in early spring or in the fall is ideal. When you are planting a hydrangea, remember that the blooms and stems must be protected from strong winds and the hot afternoon sun. Avoid planting in open areas where strong winds could break stems. Planting on the eastern side of a building ensures that, in the afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest, your plants are in the shade.
Make sure your plant has good drainage. If the soil is too wet, the roots might rot, and the plant will die. Incorporate a lot of organic matter and an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer into the soil to give your hydrangea a strong start.

General Hydrangea Care

  • If you plant them in the summer, they need a lot more water in the beginning to establish the root system.
  • Most varieties thrive in full sun to part shade, as long as they are planted in moist, rich soil.
  • Water deeply once a week, and maybe more, if the weather is particularly hot or dry.
  • Hydrangea fertilization needs vary greatly, depending on your intended bloom color. Certain elements of the fertilizer affect the soil pH, which is a major determinant of bloom color in the pink/blue hydrangea varieties.