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Lady in Red

Royal Majestics® Hydrangea

Remarkably beautiful throughout the growing season

Lady in Red Hydrangea is remarkably beautiful throughout the growing season. The red veins, petioles and stems carry the color theme through the warm summer months. As fall’s cool weather arrives, the leaves develop a rich reddish-maroon color. Lady in Red is also unique among hydrangea cultivars because of its high mildew resistance. With plenty of blooms from spring to summer, it’s a wonderful addition to the garden.

 

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lady in Red’ PP#15,175

Lady in Red Hydrangea

Lush pink or blue lacecaps that mature red

Plenty of blooms from spring to summer

Rich fall reddish-purple foliage

Red veins, petioles and stems

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Lady in Red

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Deciduous Shrub
Light
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Average Height
3-5’
Average Width
3-5’
Average Spacing
3-5’
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6-9 (-10°F to 30°F) (-23°C to -1°C)
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist
Lady in Red

Features & Uses

Features:

  • Lush pink or blue lacecaps that mature red
  • Rich fall reddish-purple foliage
  • Distinctive red stems and petioles
  • High mildew resistance
  • Compact mounded habit

Uses:

  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Mass Planting
  • Specimen
  • Woodland, Shade Garden

Lady in Red

General Maintenance

Pruning:

If needed, prune for shape after flowering. Avoid fall pruning as flower buds are set in the fall for the following summer. Apply general purpose fertilizer in the spring when new growth appears.
 

Development Story

Developed by one of the world’s foremost horticulturalists and breeders, Dr. Michael A. Dirr, in association with the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Royal Majestics® hydrangeas are certain to enthrall, intrigue and delight. As part of the Gardener’s Confidence® Collection, you can rely on them for easy growth, mildew resistance and beautiful blooms.

Development Story

Development Story

While the number of species within the genus hydrangea is thought to number two dozen or more, only five species are commonly grown in the United States. Of these, Hydrangea macrophylla, or bigleaf hydrangea, is the most well-known and popular. Originally cultivated in southern Japan, bigleaf hydrangeas thrive in Asia, North America, South America and Europe. As a matter of fact, the species is often referred to as French hydrangea, possibly due to its prominent place in French gardening.

Development Story

Development Story

There are two bigleaf hydrangea flower forms: lacecap and mophead (also known as Hortensia). Lacecaps are delicate in appearance, with large, prominent inflorescence (also known as the sepals) encircling many small flowers. Mopheads are arranged in a dense, hemispherical cluster. The Royal Majestics® series hydrangea selections include one paniculata (Baby Lace™), two lacecap (Midnight Duchess® and Princess Lace®), and two mophead (Queen of Pearls® and Mini Penny™) varieties.

Development Story

Development Story

Dr. Michael A. Dirr developed each of the Royal Majestics® hydrangea series selections as part of the Woody Plant Introduction Program in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. In addition to being an innovative and respected developer of cultivars, Dr. Dirr is the author of eleven books including Hydrangeas for American Gardens (Timber Press, 2004).

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

The Royal Majestics® hydrangeas are a true gardener's plant with attributes that make them easy to grow. Plant in shade to partial shade (best with morning sun and afternoon shade). They make ideal borders, accents or mass plantings in groups of 3 to 5.

 

Baby Lace®

Unlike Hydrangea macrophylla selections, Hydrangea paniculatas love full sun.  Plant Baby Lace in a bright sunny area.  They make ideal borders, accents or mass plantings in groups of 3 to 5.

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Pruning

Midnight Duchess®, Princess Lace® and Queen of Pearls® varieties: If needed, prune for shape after spring flowering. Avoid fall pruning as flower buds are set in fall for the following spring.

Mini Penny™ variety: Remove spent flowers to increase blooms from spring to fall. If needed, prune for shape after flowering.

Winter Protection

Winter Protection

For Northern Areas

Colder than Zone 6

Try container planting in colder zones for a beautiful summer combination with grasses, annuals or perennials. Simply bring the container into a garage or basement during the cold months allowing the plant to go dormant during the winter. Keep moderately moist but well drained during this period (just enough to keep the roots semi-moist). Place the container outside again when temperatures rise above freezing and your plant will be ready for new spring growth.

Winter Protection

Winter Protection

For Northern Areas

Winter Protection Care for Zone 3

During the cold winter months, add 2-3 inches of mulch around the plant to protect the roots from harsh temperatures. Pine straw, leaves, or cypress mulch are all good organic materials that may be used in the garden. Since climates can vary, even among specific regions, please contact your preferred local garden center professional for recommendations for your garden.

Changing Flower Color

Changing Flower Color

Princess Lace®, Mini Penny™ and Lady in Red varieties: Determining what color your Hydrangea macrophylla will be is based on the pH of your soil. A low pH (acidic, levels 4-5.5) means that aluminum is readily available in the soil and your flowers will tend to be blue. A high pH (alkaline, levels 6-6.5) indicates less available aluminum in the soil and produces a pink color to the blooms. In the growing mix used by most nurseries, the sepals will be pinkish white to pink because aluminum is not present in the medium.

Changing Flower Color

Changing Flower Color

To blue the sepals, add aluminum sulfate. To have a pinker flower, add agricultural limestone, superphosphate or dolomite lime. Changing the color of the blooms can be tricky and variables in the pH of your water source can be a large part of the equation.

 

Consult your preferred Garden Center about rates and products to use for your specific area and be sure to follow the product directions as specified.

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    Lady in Red Hydrangea thrives in any shady area of the garden. Plant in mass for maximum impact under tree canopies for added color. The lush pink or blue lacecaps will mature red as cool temperatures arrive in the fall.

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