How to Care for and Choose Hydrangeas


Hydrangeas come in a staggering array of shapes, sizes, and varieties. Knowing which of these flowering shrubs will do best in your backyard is the first step to success with this beautiful bloomer. Plus get tips on how to care for hydrangeas.

Cityline Paris

Cityline Paris Hydrangea macrophylla is another recent mophead introduction that stands out because of its upright stems and compact habit. It features bright fuchsia-pink flowers that last a long time then fade to a lovely shade of green in summer. It grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 5-9.


Black-Stem Hydrangea

Black-stem hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’) has beautiful mophead flowers, but as its name suggests, the stems are what stand out. They are a dark purple-black color that contrasts against the green foliage and pastel blue or pink blooms. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9.

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Sun Goddess Hydrangea

Flowers aren’t the only reason to grow hydrangeas; some have stunning foliage, as well. Sun Goddess Hydrangea macrophylla is one great example; this mophead features bright golden-green foliage that lights up the shade garden. Sun Goddess grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9 Other hydrangeas that feature golden foliage include Lemon Daddy and ‘Lemon Zest’.

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Bits of Lace

Bits of Lace Hydrangea macrophylla features lacecaps of large white florets that are strongly blushed with pink. The large florets surround a lacy group of smaller pink ones. This selection also offers sturdy stems and dark green foliage. As you learn how to care for hydrangeas, make sure to understand their hardiness zone restrictions. This one grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9.

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Reblooming Hydrangeas

A handful of mophead and lacecap hydrangeas have the ability to produce flowers on new growth. Because of this, they tend to rebloom throughout the summer and into fall. They’re a good choice for gardeners in Northern regions because you don’t need to worry about cold temperatures killing the flower buds during the winter.

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