I can’t believe I’ve never written a blog post on one of my favorite summer blooming shrubs….Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’. For 20 years now this beautiful double flowered form of Oak leaf Hydrangea has graced our garden in dappled shade, never missing a beat. By mid June the flowers have formed, and develop their lovely celadon, white and mauve coloring over the next 6 weeks. The flower heads age magnificently and are wonderful in both fresh and dried arrangements. Do note: Oak leaf Hydrangea bear flowers from old wood, so take care not to cut too many branches or you may sacrifice next year’s show.
In fall, the bold oak shaped leaves take on bronzy maroon tones. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are dear resistant, but hardly any plant is deer proof these days. ‘Snowflake’ grows 6-8′ tall (can get taller, I’m told, but after 20 years, that’s the size of our plants) and wide and is happiest if it gets partial shade. Shrubs are hardy in zones 5-8.