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Dayside Garden: Oak Leaf Hydrangea

An old Southern heirloom plant gets a new twist. Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel takes us for a look on today's Dayside Garden -- see what you think of the "upgrade."

Welcome to the Dayside Garden here at the station off of Mobile Highway.

Beth Bolles from the Escambia County Extension Office joins us.

And this, I love hydrangeas, they're one of my favorites, I've never seen this variety before.

"It's a native hydrangea called "Oak Leaf", and this is from my yard, it's flowering right now.   And usually, hydrangeas, during the summer months, have a nice, deep, dark green.   But we have a new selection coming out of the nurseries called, "little honey."  fun names, always on these plants," Bolles said.

"This one has more of a yellow foliage that is very, very striking.  They have these beautiful, white blooms that occur.  And the "little honey" in the fall has brilliant fall color."

"So another new addition in the hydrangea world that's been around for a little while, but not widely used as we would like."

"Does it bloom in the fall too, or just have the bright leaves?" Daniel asked.

"It's actually a summer bloomer, so once it gets in the ground and established,  it will get three to six feet high and maybe spread.  The thing about hydrangeas it that they run a little bit. And they can make a nice clump for you.  But use it in a shaded spot, so you can really brighten up that spot with that chartreuse foliage," Bolles said.

"Yes, cause I look at it and I thought, oh, it's sick.   It needs water," Daniel said.

"We always think kinda yellow means nutrient deficient or a problem, but we are always trying to look for different colors in the plant world.  So chartreuse foliage really brightens up, in addition, when it's not in flower, you get a lot of seasons out of this one plant with hydrangea," Bolles said.

"I just wonder, how could you tell if it was sick?" Daniel asked.

"Well, it's kinda hard to tell, but this one is overall yellow.  And we have to know what the plant is to know  what the plant is supposed to do.  That's our key.  So if we have a regular hydrangea that is that yellow, we know something is wrong," Bolles said.

"Where do we plant it, where do we get it?"

"You can get it at local nurseries,  you can also plant this in partial shade, or full shade.  It does need some moisture, so it's not going to be a dry area plant.  It likes that shade and moisture," Bolles said.