Tuff Stuff Ah-ha®
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive:
Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
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This hardy little mountain hydrangea has earned its name. The Tuff Stuff Ah-ha is a compact variety that continually creates new flower buds throughout the summer so that you have beautiful blooms right up until the early frost. And those blooms are stunning. The large, double florets resemble water lilies and bloom in either pink or blue depending on the soil chemistry. The Tuff Stuff Ah-ha thrives in many different landscape applications with no pruning necessary so it is very easy maintenance.
Here are three great reasons to grow Tuff Stuff Ah-ha hydrangea:
Continually produces flower buds all summer long.
Eye-catching water lily style double florets.
Flower buds are cold-tolerant so they will bloom even in USDA zones 5 and 6.
Plant Type: Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category: Short
Garden Height: 24 – 36 Inches
Spacing: 24 – 36 Inches
Spread: 24 – 36 Inches
Flower Colors: Blue | Pink
Flower Shade: Pink or Blue
Foliage Colors: Green
Foliage Shade: Green
Container Role: Thriller
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Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun | Sun
Maintenance Category: Easy
Blooms On: New Wood | Old Wood
Bloom Time: Summer through Fall
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: Average
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Uses: Border Plant Container | Cut Flower | Edging Plant | Landscape | Mass Planting | Specimen or Focal Point
Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea works in many landscape applications. We recommend a minimum of 4 hours of sun each day for the best flowering and color. In hot climates, shade during the hottest part of the day is imperative.
Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea does not need pruning except to remove any dead wood in early spring. You should not cut back or trim this plant at any time of the year, as doing so will remove flower buds. Hydrangeas are shallow-rooted and benefit from a 2-3″ layer of shredded bark mulch. If you wish, you may fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.
This plant does not require deadheading, though if you wish to remove spent flowers, you may – we made a video showing how to do this.
Mountain hydrangeas, Hydrangea serrata, are native to the same areas of Japan as big-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla. However, big-leaf hydrangeas grow along the mild coast while mountain hydrangeas grow up in the mountains. As a result, they have naturally developed flower buds that are more tolerant to cold conditions than big-leaf hydrangeas, so they bloom more reliably in USDA zones 5 and 6.
Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® Hydrangea serrata ‘SMNHSDD’ USPP 29,832, Can PBRAF
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Part Sun to Sun