The ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ Hydrangea Is the GORGEOUS Flower Missing from Your Garden
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'Wee Bit Giddy' is a new color-changing hydrangea that will bring all kinds of beauty to your landscape.
According to the National Garden Bureau, 2020 is the “Year of the Hydrangea.” And we think that adding this new hydrangea variety to your garden is the perfect way to celebrate! The stunning ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ hydrangea was introduced by Proven Winners for home gardens this year.
Why We Love the Blooms
It’s a macrophylla hydrangea, which means the flower color can be changed based on the soil acidity. But forget the pale pinks and baby blues that you’re used to seeing on these plants. ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ delivers something much more thrilling. It was bred from two other macrophylla cultivars to create a plant with both vibrant color and reblooming flowers.
In alkaline soil, chartreuse buds open to blooms that are an intense shade of raspberry. Increase the acidity of the soil, and the flower color changes further to deep violet. The flowers on this dwarf variety form large and neat heads against deep green foliage and stems.
Where to Plant ‘Wee Bit Giddy’
This is a dwarf hydrangea that grows to about two feet tall with a two and a half foot spread, which makes the plant incredibly versatile compared to larger cultivars that require lots of space. ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ are stunning specimens in containers—they are the “thriller” in the container building design of thrillers, fillers and spillers. Or use them in your perennial garden as a border plant. Because they rebloom all summer long, they’re great to have in your garden as a colorful focal point when other flowers have faded midseason.
Plant several ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ hydrangeas together to create a stunning blanket of intense color. This is especially attractive as the color changes with new and fading blooms, as well as having a mix of alkaline and acidic soils so that flowers range from raspberry to violet. The blooms are also gorgeous cut or dried in bouquets. (When your bouquets wilt, here’s how to revive them.)
How to Grow This Hydrangea
‘Wee Bit Giddy’ will grow in zones 5 to 9. Plant these hydrangeas in well-draining soil in a sunny to partially sunny location. (In hotter locations be sure the plants get some protection with partial shading.) Add a layer of mulch at the roots and give the hydrangeas consistent waterings throughout the season. Fertilize the plants in early spring and late spring to encourage reblooming for the summer.
Gardeners like to say that new hydrangeas sleep, creep, then leap—meaning that they can take a couple of years to reach their maximum potential. So don’t be discouraged if your hydrangeas are shy their first year. Your patience will be rewarded in seasons to come.
How to Change the Color of the Blooms
For the raspberry pink blooms, your soil should be alkaline with a pH of 7.0 or higher. Soils with a low pH will give you violet flowers. And because ‘Wee Bit Giddy’ blooms on old and new wood, pruning is not recommended, as you might accidentally cut away future blooms.
Add this gorgeous hydrangea to your garden, and we feel certain you’ll be more than a “wee bit giddy” with how lush and colorful it becomes!