8 Great Plants for Wow!
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Southerners can't get enough of French hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla). We'd love for them to bloom, not just in summer, but through fall too. Three selections make the dream come true: 'Endless Summer,' 'All Summer Beauty,' and 'Penny Mac.' Each of these hydrangeas should bloom repeatedly until late fall, although they may need a year or two in the ground first. Their flowers will be blue in acid soil (below pH 7) and pink in alkaline soil (above pH 7).
Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide
Light: morning sun, light shade in afternoon
Soil: moist, fertile, well drained
Water: likes lots of water during warm, dry weather
SOURCE: Available at garden centers.