Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,

Happy New Year!  We rung in 2013 a few weeks back with some great friends and some great football games but I am ready for spring to kick off.   Did you know that 2013 is the first year since 1987 that all digits in the year are different from one another?  Oh and on March 1st, the date written as 3-1-13 is a palindrome?   That is the same backwards as it is forwards.  Can you tell that I’m ready for the season to start already?  

What’s Happening…

It is cold here in the Willamette Valley.  Heat is on in our small plant houses so that’s where I prefer to go on 32 degree mornings.  Plants are doing well, most everything is dormant but the Oakleaf cultivars are still holding onto their leaves. Our resident deer family is yearning to prune those for us but we keep them covered and out of their tummies.

I am frantically busy with a new catalog, new labels and new plants!  We will be offering six new varieties this spring.  It has been a tough choice selecting these plants.  So many new plants on the market but not every hydrangea is Hydrangeas Plus® worthy.

Social Media

Visit our Facebook page at to or just search for Hydrangeas Plus.  I post specials and photos so visit often.  We are boasting but we have over 21,000 fans on Facebook, now.  Come see what all the fuss is about.  Not much going on with the page right now with dormant hydrangeas but I can’t wait to share with you come bloom time.  Coupons and other happenings are posted as they happen.

Schedule for 2013 (Well, as much as we can schedule…)

  1. January 28th – shipping resumes
  2. March 30th – Hydrangeas Plus® open house and Annual Spring Break Sale at nursery
    (we will host three other fabulous nurseries again – Fry Road Nursery, Sebright Gardens and Dancing Oaks Nursery)
  3. April 6th – Gardenpalooza (Fir Point Farms in Aurora from 8am to 4pm)
  4. April 27th – May 11th – Annual Overstock Sale at Hydrangeas Plus®, daily from 10 to 4pm
  5. June 15th – Hydrangeas Plus® at Sebright Gardens in Salem, Oregon
  6. July 13th – Hydrangeas Plus® at Dancing Oaks Nursery in Monmouth, Oregon
  7. August ??th – Hydrangeas Plus® at Fry Road Nursery in Albany, Oregon

September open dates will be announced later this year once I get the school schedule.

New Varieties

Ok, finally pulled the rabbit out of the hat.  Hope you enjoy them.  I’ll get them on the website within the week!

Hydrangea Macrophylla Bridal Bouquet – This is a beautiful white mophead with large blooms that I acquired from New Zealand a decade ago.  Finally, a hydrangea so appropriately named I don’t think any of my words will improve upon it.  It really does blooms just like a Bride’s white bouquet.  (hint, hint any brides out there)

Hydrangea Macrophylla Mini Penny® - First true compact re-blooming mophead.  Lots of others try to compete for this coveted title but look no further, test no further.  This is the compact version of the original Penny Mac hydrangea named for Penny McHenry, founder of the American Hydrangea Society.  

Hydrangea Macrophylla Parzifal – The frilly petals on this compact plant are stunning.  Strong German lineage and beautiful vivid colors stand out on this because they are often multiple shades of dark pink and dark purple on the same plant.

Hydrangea Macrophylla Pistachio® - This is a revolutionary hydrangea with colors we haven’t seen before.  I’ll admit, I was skeptical and didn’t believe it but you can see reds, purples and pistachio green.  Oh, I love that bright green color.  

Hydrangea Macrophylla Wedding Gown® - A double lacecap stuns all passer byes in the nursery with bright white sepals and dark green serrated foliage.  The domed shape bloom appears more mophead-like after blooming but hold up just a second.  Wait for the fall color on the leaves to change before you cut them!

Hydrangea Paniculata Baby Lace® - Small is the new big?  Bigger is better?  Not so fast hydrangea lovers.  Our gardens are getting smaller and container gardening is only going to get more popular so look what we have here!  A compact Paniculata with full blooms and bright white petals!

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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus®