With immense flower heads, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm in summertime that’s hard to resist. While these flowering shrubs are low-maintenance, proper care will keep them blooming. Our Hydrangea Guide provides summer plant care tips for all you need to know about growing hydrangeas—from watering to fertilizing to pruning to winter care.
Unrivaled in the shrub world for beautiful flowers, these elegant plants are easy to cultivate, tolerate almost any soil, and produce abundant blooms. Colors beguile with clear blue, vibrant pink, frosty white, lavender, and rose blossoms—sometimes all blooming on the same plant!
Hydrangeas are excellent for a range of garden sites from group plantings to shrub borders to containers. Varieties abound (every year, it seems, breeders present us with more options!), and gardeners’ expectations of bloom size and color are boundless. To know how your hydrangea will grow, pay attention to the types, defined below. When you know what to expect, delights will be magnified.
Enjoy this ode to the beautiful of hydrangeas and learn how to grow hydrangeas in our guide below.
|Botanical Name||Hydrangea spp.|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade|
|Soil pH||Acidic, Neutral, Neutral to Slightly Alkaline, Slightly Acidic to Neutral|
|Bloom Time||Summer, Fall|
|Flower Color||Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, White|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Special Features||Attracts Butterflies|