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A plant with a purpose

Hydrangea macrophylla Elizabeth Ashley™

One of the best gift-to-garden Hydrangeas ever bred, Elizabeth Ashley has it all: exquisite reblooming flowers, strong stems and a compact habit.

When we think about honoring someone special, we look back on all of their accomplishments, big and small; how the room lit up when that person entered, their loving-kindness, how bright and eager they were to learn, their insatiable thirst to experience more about this amazing world through books and travel… Elizabeth Ashley had all of these attributes and so many more. Her sweet spirit and warm smile brought joy to all she came in contact with. Elizabeth was tragically ripped away from the world she so embraced while on her way to her first week of college by a speeding, drunk driver. It is through this lovely Hydrangea that we honor her.

Cheerful, billowy flowers in taffy pink or soft blue (depending on the soil pH) form round flowerheads so dense, there’s hardly room for leaves. A compact grower with strong stems and hard flowers, this consummate gift plant will make an ideal transition from gift to garden. Flowers show their first hint of color in May/June and continue through summer with fresh, new blooms that replace the older ones. A Hydrangea that never stops giving, as flowers mature, they take on deeper, vintage hues of velvety-rose or violet-blue, both with green eyes. Much like its namesake, ‘Elizabeth Ashley’ will bring joy to any outdoor setting.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Elizabeth Ashley hydrangea
  • Botanical Name

    Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hokomarore' PP31264
  • Type

  • Bloom Time

    Summer on old and new wood
  • Bloom Color

    Medium Pink or blue

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    Summer on old and new wood
  • Size

    3' tall by 3' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Part sun-prefers afternoon shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well-drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, containers, cutting gardens, foundations, mass plantings, urban gardens
  • Propagation

  • Pruning

    If you live in the North: Cut off any dead wood in late May, after the leaves have started to unfurl. If you live in the South: Should you see any dead wood, prune it back to live wood in early spring, after the leaves have started to unfurl.