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Let’s Dance Arriba!® Hydrangea

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A floriferous compact shrub producing large, hot pink to purple-blue mophead blooms that cover the plant; blooms on both old and new wood; ideal for the shrub border or foundation garden; perfect for patio containers; soil pH affects bloom color

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Hydrangea
Cultivar:
SMNHSC
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
from early summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
H. macrophylla x serrata
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bicolor:
blue

Ornamental Features

Let's Dance Arriba!® Hydrangea features bold balls of pink flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The serrated pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Let's Dance Arriba!® Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Let's Dance Arriba!® Hydrangea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. To help this plant achive its best flowering performance, periodically apply a flower-boosting fertilizer from early spring through into the active growing season. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Let's Dance Arriba!® Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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