Hydrangeas are garden superstars, renowned for their large, showy flower clusters in an array of stunning colors. With their voluminous blossoms and long bloom time, they bring undeniable charm and vibrancy to the landscape. There wide range of colours and mean they can fit and enhance any landscape theme.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these long-lived shrubs can thrive for decades.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Varies greatly depending on type. Can be 2-3 feet for compact varieties or 6-8+ feet for larger shrubs.
  • Root Characteristics: Generally shallow, fibrous roots, not considered invasive. Safe near foundations.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, adding around 1-2 feet per year depending on type.
  • Edible Characteristics: While not typically consumed, a specific variety (H. serrata) has leaves used to make a sweet tea.
  • Soil: Prefer moist, well-draining, slightly acidic soil.
  • Water: Consistent moisture is key, especially in hot weather.
  • Light: Most thrive in part shade conditions (especially afternoon shade). Some varieties tolerate full sun.
  • Hardiness Zone: Generally hardy in USDA Zones 3-9.
  • Flower Characteristics: Bloom time depends on variety, generally starting summer into fall. Flower types include large globes (mopheads), flatter lacecaps, or cone-shaped panicles. Flower color range includes white, pink, blue, purple, or various combinations.

Interesting facts

  • Showstopping Flowers: Large blooms in white, pink, blue, purple, or even bicolor combinations.
  • Long Bloom Time: Many varieties flower from summer into fall, providing extended color.
  • Attractive Foliage: Large, textured leaves add interest even when not in bloom.
  • Easy Care in the Right Spot: With proper site selection and initial care, they require minimal maintenance.
  • Cut Flowers: Excellent for bouquets and arrangements, both fresh and dried.
  • Flower Color Mystery: In some varieties (Bigleaf Hydrangeas), flower color changes based on soil acidity!
  • Ancient Origins: Hydrangea fossils date back millions of years.
  • Hydration is Key: Their name comes from the Greek words “hydor” (water) and “angos” (jar), referencing their love for water!


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