Heavenly hydrangeas; it’s so easy to understand why they continue to be one of America’s most beloved plants. Adored for their long seasons of bloom and interest, hydrangeas can be used in nearly every garden or landscape setting.
With so many to choose from, how do you make sense of it all? Here’s a snapshot of some of the more popular hydrangeas that you’ll find now at Heritage:
Hydrangea macrophylla, the most popular and widely known grouping of hydrangeas, offers beautiful mopheads of flowers that look great in the garden or as cut flowers for the home. There are many, many cultivars to choose from, including all-time favorites ‘Endless Summer’, ‘Nikko Blue’, ‘Bloomstruck’, ‘Twist & Shout’, and ‘Blue Enchantress’. Worth mentioning: ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Bloomstruck’ rebloom throughout the season.
Hydrangea serrata is sometimes referred to as mountain hydrangea due to its origins in Japan. An immediate favorite – Hydrangea ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ is ideal for smaller garden spaces in full to part sun. Pink or blue lacecap flowers? The pH of your garden soil will decide for you.
Old-fashioned, romantic and spectacular… Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ delights with to-die-for large white flowerheads. And if you need more reasons to include this hydrangea in your landscape, ‘Annabelle’ is easy to grow, easy to care for.
Hydrangea paniculata, commonly called the panicle hydrangea, can easily be used in landscape borders. Favorites ‘Tardiva’ and ‘Fire Light’ are now available for beautiful flowering this summer.
Hydrangea quercifolia, the oakleaf hydrangea, gives us so many reasons to buy and plant! Whether it’s the beautiful oak-shaped leaves; long, panicled flowers; beautiful orange-red fall color, or the fact that oakleaf hydrangea will flower in shady locations; this is a ‘must’ plant for any landscape. Look for ‘Snow Queen’, ‘Alice’, ‘Sykes Dwarf’ and other favorites at Heritage.
Hydrangeas are adaptable plants that grow best in sun to partial shade locations. Think about the areas of your landscape that are possibly worthy of hydrangeas – foundation plantings, walls or fences, raised beds, garden borders. It’s easy to fall in love with these heavenly plants; you’ll be thankful that you did!