I’ve never been accused of being conformist, indeed some people refer to me as the ‘garden rebel.’ I’m a stout practitioner of pushing the limits and boundaries when it comes to gardening – hence the referral to ‘Zonal Denial. It says hardy to Zone 7 – I think I’m going to test that theory in my Zone 5 garden!
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ was discovered at Briggs Nursery in 1999, and is a sport off of another popular plant commonly referred to as ‘Pee Wee.’ She is a dwarf cultivar, maintaining a compact stature of approximately 1.3m x 1.5 when mature. Little Honey emerges with a luscious yellowy chartreuse hue to her oak shaped leaves and in mid summer produces 13-15cm panicles of beautiful pristine white flowers, similar to other members of H. quercifolia. The fall bears witness to deep burgundy hues in the foliage, making this a truly all-season worthy garden specimen. An added feature is its exfoliating bark that increases as the plant ages. It is nothing short of a spectacular specimen plant, diminutive though she is!
As with many members of this genus, it appreciates placement with dappled shade, with well draining, humus enriched soil. Hardiness tends to fluctuate, some reporting Zone 5, while others place it more within the Z6-7 ratio. Mine is in a pot where her diminutive, demure beauty can be fully appreciated. It remains protected for most of the growth season and is then set in a nook where the garage meets the house, allowing it protection from the harsh winter winds. SO far, so good!
Partial shade with well draining, humus enriched soil. 1.3m by the same. Fabulous Spring and Fall colours ensure this one causes a stir in the garden all season long. What more could a gardener possibly ask for!