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Moving plants around a garden is a constant activity. Plants die or get too large for the space, get eaten by deer (or squirrels or rabbits or woodchucks, etc.) or you just simply want a change.

When we lost a rhodie due to winterkill last year, we moved an established rhodie to its spot and then looked for a new shrub to replaced the transplanted rhodie. A lacecap hydrangea called “Woodlander” seemed the perfect fit as it stays relatively small, blooms late in the season, and also has winter interest when its leaves take on a purple-ish cast. 

"Woodland Fairy" (Hydrangea serrata 'Woodlander') Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

"Woodland Fairy" (Hydrangea serrata 'Woodlander') Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

Unlike the larger, showy mophead hydrangeas, the lacecap varieties are more delicate, with blossoms intermixed with buds giving an overall lacy effect. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the lacecap but it definitely has earned its spot in the garden!

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