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Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: All Summer Beauty

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RosemaryK On Mar 13, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

According to Hydrangeas: A Gardener;s Guide, revised, 2004 by Toni Lawson-Hall and Brian Rothera, this is a highly prized hydrangea. It came from Holland but the provenance is unknown. The well-rounded bush stands out in the border since it is one of the first to come into bloom, withstanding any late spring frosts. Its mopheads are medium sized, held close to the leaves. By July the blooms are so many the the leaves are almost hidden. Long blooming until first frost. On soil of ph 6.5, blooms are a mixture of cream and palest blue. At maturity, they become pale blue and fade into a lilac blue. The new blossoms lead to a constant mix of gentle shades. Leaves darken with the seasons, such that many show dark red autumn color. Head shape: well domed mophead; Head size medium; Sterile flowers: tightly packed, Sepal number: 3-5; Sepal immature: pale blue edge, cream center; Sepal mature: light blue; Sepal autumnal: lilac blue, some red marks; fertile flower Immature: blue; Fertile flower mature: blue; Peduncle: green flecked red; Pedicel: blue--deeper than than flower; all reported for pH of 6.5. Leaf: mid green with many going dark red brown in autumn, leathery texture, back of leaf lighter green, veins: light green, edges of leaves curve up on young, branch: green flecked red, Petiole: light green under, pink above, height: medium, flowering time, early to mid-late season.

Positive showgarden On May 14, 2010, showgarden from Haymarket, VA wrote:

Way better than "Endless Summer" in hotter humid areas. If you read the label, then see that "All Summer" also blooms on old and new growth, so there is not much difference between the two of them.
In my garden in Zone 7, Endless Summer Failed ( see post under my username in Endless Summer page) while All Summer succeeded with honors. Just trying to save you money.

Positive isabella On Sep 4, 2006, isabella from Taunton, MA wrote:

Love this mophead! As easy to grow as an Annabelle and just a beautiful as a Nikko, though a lighter blue color. I ordered mine from a mail order firm for $3.00 and grew to the 3'X3' shrubs I have now. In Taunton, MA zone 5/6 I always get blooms on new wood, and depending on the winter and snow cover I may get some on old wood as well. I have Nikkos that will sometimes flower, but the ASB are a sure thing.

This hydrangea is under-rated and deserving to be used more, I have been looking and asking on the internet for years about ASB versus ES. Information has been scarce, so my thanks to the posters above for their insight into this hydrangea deserving more notice.

Positive SummerSun06 On Jun 13, 2006, SummerSun06 from Townsend, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Here in New England, all my macrophyllas bloom blue with no soil additions due to our naturally acidic soil. All Summer Beauty was the first macrophylla hydrangea that I could get to bloom here in zone 5. It blooms reliably every year and does just as well as Endless Summer.

Positive braun06 On May 13, 2005, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

In the days prior to 'Endless Summer' there was only one that could flower reliably in zone 5, 'All Summer Beauty.' Despite this fact few people knew about it here in central Illinois. I think the heft of Baileys backing up 'Endless Summer' forced it into prominence whereas 'All Summer Beauty' didnt have such a creator to help the public aware of its existance. This particular one has always grown to great sizes here in our area. One I planted grew to nearly 6 ft tall in one season after being killed to the ground in winter while trying to bloom its flowers before the fall frost came to prevent it. Another plant I have though killed to the ground still managed to put off some 8 flower buds and I am awaiting to see how it does as these open. For a young plant and dieing back to the ground that sounds pretty good. I would expect a slight color difference from Endless Summer. Endless Summer has deeper blue flowers while All Summer Beauty's are a lighter shade. Flowers can be huge on this cultivar, up to 8 inches.

Positive lmelling On Oct 10, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I count this as one of the most beautiful and long lasting plants in my garden. The blue blooms are striking and create a wonderful focal point and the foliage is a beautiful mid green - wonderful when grouped with Magilla Perilla, coleus, and hosta. I added Aluminum sulfate last year (03) - after planting it last year, and none since because here our soil tends to be a little on the acid side.

I dry flowers to use in bouquets & arrangements for our local fair each fall. I made the mistake of pruning what I thought were dead branches this spring, knowing that this plant blooms on both old and new wood. What I got was 6 enormous blossoms! The heads measured from 8" up to 12" across! It actually tried to start a new bloom in September but didn't get far because of the weather turning cool, but for those in warmer climates, you might see an extraordinary long bloom period.

For success in drying, don't try to dry these heads when they are blue (or pink), because they will shrivel - even when left in a vase with water to dry slowly. Wait until late in the season (September here in zone 5) when the heads have gone from their deep color, paled, and then start taking on a deep rich green undertone with pink, purple, or blue around the edges of the petals. Forget the fair - these are mine this year!

Positive Sargent On Jul 24, 2004, Sargent from Pembroke
Malta wrote:

I gained success with this plant only when I used lime free water and fertilizer. Very susepictal to certain innsecticides such as malathion. best to propagate during June - August period with soft cuttings.

Neutral hall0 On May 3, 2004, hall0 from Rochester, MN wrote:

If you want to have blue bloom you should add aluminum sulfate in the spring and the fall, Mer-Asid does not work well. In alkaline soils you will get a pink bloom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mentone, Alabama
Sebastopol, California
Vallejo, California
Van Nuys, California
Washington, District Of Columbia
Pensacola, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Garden City, Idaho
Hanna City, Illinois
Earling, Iowa
Covington, Kentucky
Bossier City, Louisiana
Frederick, Maryland
Marion Station, Maryland
Beverly, Massachusetts
East Sandwich, Massachusetts
Taunton, Massachusetts
Townsend, Massachusetts
Holland, Michigan
Novi, Michigan
Decatur, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Mamaroneck, New York
New York City, New York
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Milton, Pennsylvania
Livingston, Texas
Oakhurst, Texas
Haymarket, Virginia
Shelton, Washington
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

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