Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea 'Summer Lace'

Hydrangea macrophylla

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Lace
Additional cultivar information:(Forever & Ever Series, aka Shugert)
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Light Shade


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Bloom Color:


Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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:

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Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

South Berwick, Maine

Horton, Michigan

Pleasantville, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 11, 2016, Collyns from Pleasantville, NY wrote:

I allocate the majority of my higher end spending in the garden towards my obsession with blue plants. Last year I bought 2 large healthy Hydrangea macrophylla Shugert or Forever and Ever Endless Summer varieties. They were the first to show signs of growth this spring when the temps warmed up. However the Polar Vortex that hit with several late frosts killed all growth. Now all my other hydrangeas are up and running with new leaf growth on smaller ones and full leaf on established paniculata varieties. These two appear dead with no signs of life so I'm afraid they succumbed to the frost. I've never had to cover any of my hydrangeas so didn't realize these would be different. One reader mentioned using a box without top or bottom around plant then filling with mulch and not removing unti... read more


On Jun 11, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Nice plant, has been a surprisingly vigorous grower and bloomed last year on old and new wood. Flowers are not as large as 'Twist-n'shout' and overall plant isn't as nice. If I didn't have that, I may have liked this one better. Flowers are pink-light blue. Bloomed into October for me last year. Had pretty bad mildew while most of my hydrangeas did not. Only Preziosa had it worse last year.