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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, a shade-loving beauty, offers huge bouquets of clustered flowers, in various arrangements from mophead to lacecap, from summer through fall. Varieties of hydrangea differ in size of plant and flower panicle, flower color, and blooming time.

PeeGee hydrangeas grow into small trees; the flowers turn russet and cling into winter. Oakleaf hydrangeas have the most handsome foliage, which reddens dramatically in fall. Some of the newer hydrangeas feature huge flowers on compact plants, ideal for containers and small gardens.

Hydrangeas thrive in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. If you're seeking blue hydrangea flowers, check your soil's pH level and apply aluminum sulfate in spring to lower pH to the 5.2-5.5 range. The change in hydrangea flower color results from lower pH and higher aluminum content in the soil.

Get tips on pruning hydrangeas for more blooms.

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Part Sun, Shade

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Height:

From 3 to 20 feet

Width:

3-18 feet wide

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Zones:

4-9


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more varieties for Hydrangea
'Annabelle' hydrangea

'Annabelle' hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' is a compact variety native to areas of eastern North America that features large clusters of flowers resembling snowballs. Zones 4-9

'Big Daddy' hydrangea

'Big Daddy' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Daddy' features some of the largest flowers of any hydrangea. The plant has strong stems, making the blooms good for cutting. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Bits of Lace hydrangea

Bits of Lace hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Normalis' is a lacecap variety with large white, star-shape florets blushed with pink. It also bears dark green foliage and grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Black-stem hydrangea

Black-stem hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra' is a distinct selection with clusters of blue or pink mophead flowers on rich purple-black stems. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

'Bluebird' hydrangea

'Bluebird' hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird' is a lacecap type with deep blue clustered fertile flowers surrounded by pale blue sterile flowers. This variety also features red fall leaf color. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

'Blue Bonnet' hydrangea

'Blue Bonnet' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Bonnet' offers rich periwinkle-blue flowerheads on a plant that grows 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 6-9

Blue Bunny hydrangea

Blue Bunny hydrangea

Hydrangea involucrata 'Wim Rutten' is a reblooming lacecap with blue flowers from midsummer to frost. It grows 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 6-9

Cityline Berlin hydrangea

Cityline Berlin hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Berlin Rabe' shows off large, long-lasting pink flower clusters on stiff, upright stems. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Cityline Paris hydrangea

Cityline Paris hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Paris Rapa' is great for small spaces because it has upright stems and a compact habit. The long-lasting fuchsia-pink flowers fade to green. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Endless Summer Bella Anna hydrangea

Endless Summer Bella Anna hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'PIIHA-I' offers large heads of pink flowers from early summer to autumn on a compact shrub that likes full sun to part shade. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

Endless Summer 'Blushing Bride' hydrangea

Endless Summer 'Blushing Bride' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' offers semidouble flowers that open white then gradually blush to a light pink as they age. The blooms appear on new and old growth all summer and fall. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Endless Summer hydrangea

Endless Summer hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' blooms continuously from summer through fall, producing clear pink, dusky lavender, or blue blooms, depending on aluminum level in soil. It bears flowers on both old and new growth. Zones 4-9

Endless Summer Twist-n-Shout

Endless Summer Twist-n-Shout

Hydrangea macrophylla 'PIIHM-I' is a reblooming lacecap with pink or blue flowers from June to frost. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

'Forever Pink' hydrangea

'Forever Pink' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Forever Pink' bears extra large clusters of pink flowers on vigorous plants that grow 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Incrediball hydrangea

Incrediball hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' offers especially large, pure white bloom clusters on sturdy stems. It blooms on new wood and resists flopping. It grows 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 3-9

'Lanarth White' hydrangea

'Lanarth White' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lanarth White' is a longtime favorite lacecap variety. Its large flower clusters are faintly blushed with blue or pink. The variety grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

'Lemon Daddy' hydrangea

'Lemon Daddy' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Daddy' offers stunning chartreuse foliage that glows through the season. The lavender flowers are upstaged by the leaves. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

'Lemon Wave' hydrangea

'Lemon Wave' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Wave' is prized for its wildly variegated foliage. Each leaf is painted with strokes of white and yellow. It bears blue or pink lacecap flowers on last-year's stems and grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

Let's Dance Starlight hydrangea

Let's Dance Starlight hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lynn' is a reblooming lacecap variety with blue or pink flowers, dark green foliage, and a compact habit. It grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Light O' Day hydrangea

Light O' Day hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailday' bears green leaves festively edged in white. It bears flattened lacecap-type flowers in shades of blue. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

'Limelight' hydrangea

'Limelight' hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' is a sun-loving selection with large green flowers midsummer into autumn. The blooms deepen to pink in cool weather. It grows 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 3-8

Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia is native to areas of North America and bears snowy cone-shape flowers in summer, but the real attraction are the large, scalloped leaves that redden in autumn. It grows 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 5-9

PeeGee hydrangea

PeeGee hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' is a vigorous shrub or small tree for full sun that can grow up to 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide. It bears clusters of white flowers in summer that fade to shades of rose or green before turning beige in winter. Zones 4-8

Pink Shira hydrangea

Pink Shira hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sonmarie' features strong stems and lime-green buds that become rich pink or lavender flowers. It grows 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Pinky Winky hydrangea

Pinky Winky hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'DVPpinky' provides a brilliant display of softly fragrant white flowers that fade to pink in mid- to late summer. It grows 8 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

'Rosalba' hydrangea

'Rosalba' hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata 'Rosalba' is a pink lacecape-type that grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

Rough-Leaf hydrangea

Rough-Leaf hydrangea

Hydrangea villosa shows off long, narrow fuzzy leaves and lacecap flowers in late summer and autumn. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 7-9

'Snowflake' Oakleaf Hydrangea

'Snowflake' Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' displays showy double florets that fade to rosy pink before turning brown in autumn. The leaves turn wonderful shades of red and purple in fall. It grows 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Spreading Beauty hydrangea

Spreading Beauty hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata 'Hallasan' is a reblooming lacecap type that bears pinkish or bluish flowers from summer to fall on a low, spreading shrub. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 4-9

'Sun Goddess' hydrangea

'Sun Goddess' hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess' shows off bright golden-chartreuse foliage and clusters of pink or blue flowers. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9.

'Tardiva' hydrangea

'Tardiva' hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva' is a sun-loving, white-flowering variety with large clusters of white blooms. It grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-8

Vaughn's Lillie oakleaf hydrangea

Vaughn's Lillie oakleaf hydrangea

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea quercifolia bears large, extra-full flower heads in summer. It's a profuse bloomer that also features great fall color. It grows 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 5-9

White Diamonds hydrangea

White Diamonds hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'HYPMADI' is a sun-loving variety that offers loose clusters of white flowers in midsummer and dark green foliage. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

White Dome hydrangea

White Dome hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'Dardom' features fluffy lacecap flowers on a hardy, shade-loving plant that grows 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 4-9

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