If you are looking for something to brighten up your summer landscape, hydrangeas are the perfect plant! These beautiful plants bloom in bouquets of large white, pink and blue blossoms. In any garden, hydrangeas can turn a green summer landscape into a show of vibrant flowers.
Here are our hydrangea picks:
‘Annabelle’ is a native hydrangea that features stunning white flower clusters up to 12 inches wide. The flowers appear in late spring to summer, often continuing into fall. Strong, straight stems hold up the huge flower heads.
Arguably the most recognizable of all hydrangeas, bigleaf hydrangeas are in full bloom from June through July. The flowers are come in two shapes – round and softball sized (mophead),
or flat topped and delicate (lace-capped).
With many of these varieties, the blooms tend to be blue in acidic soils and pink in more alkaline soil. The colors of pink and blue flowers can be changed by altering the pH of the soil, but white flowers cannot be changed by altering the soil.
Our Bigleaf Hydrangea Picks
- ‘Nikko Blue’ – Gigantic, blue flower clusters demand attention in the summer garden
- ‘Pistachio’ – this dazzling variety features unique lime green and hot pink flowers.
- Repeat bloomers – these recent introductions will continue blooming throughout the summer. Our favorites are ‘Endless Summer’, ‘Blushing Bride’, ‘Twist-n-Shout’ and ‘Penny Mac’.
This sprawling, woody vine can reach 30-40 ft. and becomes covered in white, lace-cap flowers up to 10 inches in diameter in the late spring and early summer. It can tolerate part to full shade and climbs up any structures it is places against, or when unsupported, as a mounding, sprawling shrub.
Japanese Hydrangea Vine
Similar to the climbing hydrangea, the Japanese hydrangea vine blooms a little later in the season and has heart-shaped flowers. One of our favorites is ‘Moonlight’, with silver, blue-green leaves and fragrant, white, lace-cap flowers.
Native to the United States, Oakleaf is named for its dark green, oak-like leaves. It produces large creamy white or pink blossoms. This hydrangea provides four season interest with deep mahogany-red leaves in the fall and exfoliating bark in winter.
One of the last hydrangeas to bloom each summer, panicle hydrangeas are prized for their gracefully arching branches and clusters of white flowers.
- ‘Pee Gee’ – This cultivar features prolific, showy blooms and can grow very large – 10-20 feet in height and width. Sometimes it can be trained into a small tree.
- ‘Tardiva’ – This recent introduction flowers late, in August and September
- ‘Limelight’ and ‘Little Lime’ – These compact cultivars feature unique light green blooms.
- ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ and ‘Strawberry Sunday’ – The flowers of these mature to a strawberry color.
Caring for your hydrangea
Selecting the right location will make growing beautiful hydrangeas that much easier. They thrive in partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. Morning sun and afternoon shade with good air circulation is idea. Allow enough room for your hydrangeas to grow – 4 ft. by 4 ft. for compact varieties and 6 ft. by 6 ft. for larger varieties.