First Editions® Light-O-Day® Hydrangea

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Charming First Editions Light-O-Day Hydrangea

  • Incredible Foliage
  • Leaves Feature Wide White Margins
  • Showy Lacecap Hydrangea Blooms
  • Pink or Blue Flowers Surrounded by Bright White Blooms
  • Incredible Display for Months of Blooms
  • Flowers Develop First on Old Wood
  • New Growth Also Produce Flowers
  • Great for Butterflies
  • Rounded Shape
  • Easily Grown in Extra-Large Containers
  • Hardy and Adaptable
  • Easy-Care
  • Grows in Full Sun or Partial Shade

With its spectacular variegated foliage, this exceptional Lacecap Hydrangea really takes things to the next level. You'll love the looks of this modern cultivar...and all the compliments that you'll hear!

First Editions Light-O-Day Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailday') delivers a deeply interesting presentation. This is a wonderfully modern cultivar that blooms first on old wood from last year; then again on new wood from this year.

Beautiful blooms will inspire you with their dainty white outer circlet of sterile flowers. Look closely for the lustrous center blooms that turn blue or pink depending on your soil pH.

You'll have plenty of these outstanding flowers to appreciate through the season from summer through fall. Trim several for cut flower arrangements, and dry them for use over the wintertime.

Pure white variegation on the foliage adds an exceptional depth to the overall effect. Elegant Light-O-Day Hydrangea is terrific in formal settings, and also fits beautifully into contemporary landscapes.

Grow them in the ground en masse for a brilliant garden feature that gleams in morning sun and afternoon shade. Or, use one in an outdoor container as a showy addition to your patio or porch.

Your thoughtful choice will keep your local butterflies happy! They need a variety of blooms to stay healthy, and Light-O-Day has plenty of nectar-rich flower power.

Add an energetic look to your landscape with these easy-care plants. Light-O-Day's beautifully patterned leaves are held erect and make a perfect foil to arching Ferns and broad-spreading Hosta.

Garden designers adore the crisp white variegation of the foliage. It's a perfect contrast to the showy white showy sterile flowers on the outer ring that surround small pink fertile flowers that will be blue in acid soils.

We're thrilled to grow this special cultivar. Place your order for Light-O-Day Hydrangea today, and we'll ship it to you when the time is right for planting in your area.

Don't miss out on this popular choice!

How to Use First Editions Light-O-Day Hydrangea in the Landscape

Line the edges of your planting beds with these exceptional Lacecaps. You'll never grow tired of their beauty and high performance.

For a dynamic border, plant them two feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Fill open ground by staggering additional rows behind the first in a zigzagging planting pattern. Mulch between plants and keep newly installed mass plantings weeded.

Hydrangeas love morning sun and afternoon shade. Why not enliven the east side of mature evergreen trees and shrubs with a new Light-O-Day planting?

If you encounter vast root systems during this project, simply bring in a series of matching outdoor containers to keep them. Or, create raised planting mounds with additional soil.

These rounded plants look perfect in a foundation planting. Prune up overgrown shrubs to make room for their stylish charm.

Gift Light-O-Day Hydrangea to a nature lover. Make Mother's Day special, or simply say "Happy Wednesday!" to someone you love.

#ProPlantTips for Care

You'll enjoy many years of joy with proper care. Plant them where they receive at least four hours of direct sunlight a day...favoring morning sun and afternoon shade.

Well-drained soil is important. Create a raised bed to improve the drainage, or keep in containers.

Soil pH will affect the center blooms...enjoy pink tones in alkaline soil and purplish-blue in more acidic soil. Mulch with pine bark or pine straw and use Acid Lovers fertilizer to keep the soil pH low for bluer blooms.

Apply a moderate amount of water on a regular schedule. This is especially important for container-grown plants...try drip irrigation to automate this process for you.

In winter, allow the last of the flowers to dry on the plant. You'll appreciate the extra winter interest as they catch and sculpt light snow.

Light-O-Day Hydrangea may grow larger in warmer climates. In colder climates, there may be some winter damaged tips.

Some like to trim back flowering stems to remove the old bloom heads and leave the younger stems in place for early bloom from old wood first.

As the plant starts to grow in early spring, shorten up any branch tips that are not leafing out. You will also remove old flower heads at that time.

Plan to do periodic renewal pruning as the plants age. Remove the oldest stems on flowering stems down to the ground.

Create a happy and sophisticated garden with help from Light-O-Day Hydrangea! Order today to avoid disappointment...we'll sell out of our limited inventory quickly.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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First Editions® Light-O-Day® Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailday'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No