Close up of hydrangea full of large pink blooms with burgundy ninebark
Hydrangea plant with pink and aged green blooms
Multiple pink hydrangea shrubs in landscape
Group of five pink smooth hydrangea shrubs in heavily planted garden
Close up of dark pink hydrangea blooms backlit from sun
Close up of hydrangea full of large pink blooms with burgundy ninebark

Invincibelle Garnetta® Smooth Hydrangea

Enjoy hydrangea season for as long as possible with Invincibelle Garnetta® smooth hydrangea! When other smooth hydrangeas are starting to mature into their solemn beauty, Invincibelle Garnetta® is just getting started! Its deliciously dark red buds arrive and set the scene for a dramatic dual-color flower show. Its flowers open and reveal petals with light pink fronts and dark ruby-hued backs, giving you a dynamic two-toned look. As the flowers mature they turn to a soft cool pink color that contrasts nicely with large healthy foliage that looks blue in certain lighting! Year after year you’ll come to rely on this easy-going native. With its ability to flower on new wood and a naturally compact habit, you’ll find you have hardly any work to do to keep it growing beautifully.

Why grow Invincibelle Garnetta® hydrangea?

  • Later flowering time extends hydrangea season.
  • Dark red coloring gives the garden a splash of uniqueness.
  • East maintenance = beauty you can rely on.

Additional information

Dimensions2.5 × 2.5 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Hydrangea arborescens</i> 'NCHA6' pp#33,142, cbraf

Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, Red

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2.5'

Width/Spread

2.5'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil

Average, Well-drained

Bloom Time

Early Summer, Summer

Uses

Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Naturalizing

Features

Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Compact, Cut flower, Landscape plant, Native, Reblooming

Blooms On

New wood

Breeder

Dr. Tom Ranney

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Light: It depends on the climate you live in. For gardens at the cooler end of their hardiness range, they will thrive in full sun. For gardens at the warmer end of the range, it benefits from placement in afternoon shade. At least four hours of direct sun are necessary to give you the healthiest, most abundantly flowering show for your garden.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH does not affect flower color.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. When the buds begin to swell noticeably, cut the whole plant back by one third. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2″. This will help it absorb more water.

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