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Hydrangeas: Summer Favorites

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Hydrangeas are usually such an iconic flower in Newport but for the last two years (due to weather and other “acts of Mother Nature”) there has barely been a bloom in sight. The summer of 2017 is making up for lost time! At first I thought it was just Newport…but then I went to Nantucket. Theirs, too, looked as though they were on an overdose of Miracle Grow.

So here’s to summer!

A taste of Nantucket, where hydrangeas are to be found everywhere, within every landscape…

And a bit of Newport, where hydrangeas are treated more as accents.

Here’s to hydrangeas!

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

11 thoughts on “Hydrangeas: Summer Favorites

  1. Thank you for this lovely blog! I love all your content and it takes me to a happy place filled with flowers and garden design, not to mention the garden parties. I am always there in spirit.

    1. I love that you’re always with us in spirit, Jackie. We’ll look forward to sharing with you twice a week, Bettie

  2. So beautiful! They really are PERFECT this year. I just photographed them out at Ocean Cliff!

  3. Now with the new varieties, hydrangeas are more beautiful than ever. They are pretty in Lake Geneva too

  4. Gracias por aceptarme dentro de su gran grupo , le comento que me encanto todo este block de la naturaleza y flores bellas, estoy pendiente del proximo

  5. I live in the deep SOUTH..LOUISIANA, and have a really hard time growing hydrangeas…love them so much, but just cannot grow one 💔..any advise

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