Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'

reaches 200 centimetres

elliptical, smooth; acuminate tip

from June to September

irregular, rounded, large; the sterile flowers are a pale pink or blue, and their sepals have a curly margin

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'
This plant, which is plentiful in Cornwall, is a very unusual one. It is the only hydrangea whose sterile flowers are made up of sepals shaped like a tiny spoon, and this causes it to resemble a lilac. The plant is particularly sensitive to variations in pH, but its colour always remains very delicate: a soft pink or sky-blue, with light, pale tones. It is generally regarded as a delicate plant; in actual fact, it only needs a little time to become established, then it grows vigorously, forming tall, broad shrubs and also giving off a slight scent. In areas where winters are cold, a sheltered site will allow an abundant and prolonged flowering. This hydrangea is different from all the others: once you have seen its flowers, with their cupped sepals, so dainty and amusing, you will be unlikely to forget their beauty.
No garden or collection can dispense with this unique hydrangea.