How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is a mounding deciduous shrub, growing 3 to 5 feet tall, and just as wide across. The large leaves are rich green, with an attractive wrinkled texture, and this plant is ever-blooming, flowering from June into November, on both old and new stems. The 9-inch flower heads are produced in abundance, and each one stays attractive for up to 3 months. They vary in color – some can be pink, some blue, and some purple, making a rich and varied bush that looks simply stunning. It is perfect for garden beds, with good tolerance of full sun, and for planters and pots.
- Flower heads can be pink, blue or purple – all on the same bush
- Large flowers produced in abundance from July to November
- Good sun tolerance, and grows in shade too
- Vigorous and ideal for garden beds and mass-planting
- Good choice for container growing
The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is hardy from zone 5 to 10, and it blooms on old and new stems. It should be planted in rich, moist, well-drained soil that is roughly neutral on the pH scale, for the best range of flower colors. It has good resistance to powdery mildew and leaf spot, and rarely suffers from pests. You can simply remove flower heads when they fade, or do more extensive pruning on young plants to give extra-bushy growth.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-10
- Mature Width 3-5
- Mature Height 3-5
- Soil Conditions Moist, Well-Drained Soil
- Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Drought Tolerance Poor Drought Tolerance
Everyone loves hydrangeas, but because some of us love white ones, others love blue, and for some pink is always a favorite, making choosing one color very difficult. If you have trouble making choices, then the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is for you. This unique and beautiful hydrangea can’t make up its mind either, so some of the flowers are blue, others pink, and some are rich purple. This is also a perpetual flowering hydrangea, so you get blooms in early summer, followed by more in late summer and into early fall – it’s in bloom from June into November, and a great addition to your beds. It’s hard to find plants for more shady parts of the garden that reward you with abundant blooms, but hydrangeas will, so it’s no wonder they are so popular, and also so easy to grow. A perfect mid-sized plant, the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is going to look great in your garden, and it’s terrific in pots and planters on a terrace as well.
Growing the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea
Size and Appearance
The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that grows 3 feet tall and wide, reaching as much as 5 feet tall and wide in warmer zones and good growing conditions, after a few years of growth. The leaves are large ovals, with a boldly-serrated edge, about 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. They are a rich green color with a slightly leathery, crinkled texture. In fall the leaves turn yellow. Flower heads develop on both the older branches and on new growth of the present year, so this plant blooms more-or-less continuously from mid-June to mid-November. The dome-shaped flower heads are large, reaching 9 inches in diameter, with almost 100 individual flowers in each head. Each flower is around 1 inch across, with 4 broad, flattened petals, and this variety is unique, because some of the flowers have serrated edges on the petals, and others are smooth, forming a mixed bunch that has a fascinating textural appeal. An established bush will bloom profusely, carrying as many as 50 flower heads in a season, each one lasting up to 3 months, from the first green stage to the final stage, when the flowers turn fascinating ‘antique’ tones of greens, tans, blues and pinks.
What makes the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea unique is the way that each bush carries bloom heads that may be pink, blue or purple. This makes every bush unique, and different at different times of year, so it is a really eye-catching feature in your garden – in beds or containers – and a fascinating conversation-piece that will intrigue all gardeners who see it. This multi-color effect is most pronounced in soils around the neutral range. In very acid soils most of the flowers will be blue, and in very alkaline soils most of them will be pink – still lovely of course, so why not see what this fickle beauty does for you?
Using the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea in Your Garden
The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is exactly the right size for planting in all your garden beds, and it has exceptional sun-tolerance too, making it very versatile. It can be grown as a single plant, and it’s also very effective planted in a group or a row, spacing plants 2 to 3 feet apart in cool zones, and 3 to 4 feet apart in warmer ones. It is also perfect for containers, and using this unique plant means that you don’t have to make the choice of a single color.
The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is hardy all the way from zone 5 (where it will tend to be a smaller shrub) all the way into zones 9 and 10.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
You can plant the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea in full sun if it has moist soil – it is much more sun-tolerant than most other varieties, and the leaves and flowers won’t scorch. It also grows well in partial shade and appreciates afternoon shade, especially in warmer zones. It is tolerant of the shade at the foot of a north-facing wall, and dappled shade beneath deciduous trees, but not of deep shade, and flowering will be reduced in more shady spots. The ideal soil for this hydrangea is neutral, with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5, which will give the best range of flower colors. It should be rich in organic material, well-drained, but generally moist. This bush is not noticeably drought tolerant.
Maintenance and Pruning
Your plants will tell you they are dry by drooping their leaves, but don’t let this happen too often, or growth and blooming will suffer. Water regularly, especially when freshly planted, and use a fertilizer for flowering shrubs, applying it in spring and until the middle of summer, as given in the directions. Use liquid fertilizer for plants in containers. The L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea is generally free of serious pests, and it has good resistance to diseases, particularly to leaf spot (Bipolaris sorokiniana), and powdery mildew (Erysiphe).
There are several ways to prune hydrangeas. The simplest is to remove spent flowers back to the first healthy buds you see, and remove any dead wood in spring. You can also, when the plants are young, remove the tips of the stems regularly through the season. This will cause branching, creating a dense, multi-stem bush that will flower profusely in later years, although not much in the year you do this. Then begin removing spent flower heads, and pinching new shoots until the middle of August, which keeps bushes well-branched into the future, while preserving flowers.
History and Origin of the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea
This bush is a variety of the big-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, which originated in China. There are many varieties, but this plant often forms new ones. John D Bakale, Jr. of Allendale, Michigan found this plant at his father’s nursery, Northland Evergreens, in 1998, and patented it in 2015. He named it ‘Lindsay Ann’ after his daughter, and this plant can also be called the ‘Lindsay Ann’ Hydrangea. He also trademarked it in 2015, with the registered trademark name of L.A. Dreamin®.
Buying the L.A. Dreamin® Hydrangea at the Tree Center
We love this hydrangea, because like so many people, we can’t make our minds up either when it comes to hydrangea colors. You will love the surprises it brings, and how lovely it always is, but order now, and this special variety is hard to source but incredibly popular.