Eclipse® Bigleaf Hydrangea, new to the First Editions® collection in 2024, stuns in the garden with its dark purple, almost black leaves. It’s no wonder it’s a garden must-have! And while Eclipse® is rated for Zones 5-9, Zone 4 gardeners are in luck. There are a few things Zone 4 gardeners can do to enjoy this dark-leaf hydrangea in their garden, and we’ve got all the details on why, where, and how to garden with and enjoy Eclipse® in Zone 4.
Eclipse® Bigleaf Hydrangea is the first true dark-leaf mophead hydrangea with dark leaves that stay dark all season long. But that’s not all! The cranberry or amethyst hydrangea flowers provide a gorgeous contrast to the dark leaves. These dark leaves, which are also disease-resistant, and contrasting blooms make Eclipse® a perfect plant to combine with other plants to make gorgeous garden displays. Whether it’s used in the sun or shade, with bright annuals or dark-hued plants, Eclipse® is a versatile plant that offers stunning garden views.
While Eclipse® is hardy from Zones 5-9, that doesn’t mean those with Zone 4 gardens are left out of the fun. Before diving into ideas on how Zone 4 gardeners can use Eclipse®, here are some important things to keep in mind:
When using Eclipse® in a Zone 4 garden, follow the same planting and care tips laid out in the Eclipse® care instructions. Where things differ is in the overwintering process. To help Eclipse® come back year after year in Zone 4, we recommend giving the plant some extra winter protection through the cold winter months. When you’re working with a plant in the ground, follow these overwintering tips:
Now that you know how to care for Eclipse® in Zone 4 to enjoy the dark leaves season after season, it’s time to get inspired on how to use it in your landscape! One important thing to remember is that Eclipse® will not reach the same maximum height and width as it will in other areas. When planted in Zone 4, Eclipse® will mature around 2 feet tall and wide. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use Eclipse® in a Zone 4 garden!
Now that you’re an expert at how to use Eclipse® in Zone 4, it’s time to get designing! If you want to know more about Eclipse®, check out our Eclipse® blog for everything there is to know about this exciting new dark-leaf hydrangea. And, for even more ideas on using Eclipse® in your space, check out our blog on gardening in dark mode, which gives you tips on using dark-leaf plants in the garden. Once you’re ready to get Eclipse® in your space, use our Find a Retailer tool or order Eclipse® online during our shipping season. Want more tips like this from First Editions®? Make sure to follow @FirstEditionsShrubsTrees on social and sign up for our monthly newsletter. We can’t wait to see all the fun you have with Eclipse®!