Nothing says, “Welcome, summer!” like the bright blooms of hydrangea. This vibrant shrub is a must for any landscape, and is easy to grow, with just a little bit of knowledge.
There are five main types of hydrangea:
- The ‘traditional’ hydrangea
- Big clusters of blooms
- Will usually bloom through July (sometimes even longer, depending on the weather)
Very similar in size to the Mophead Hydrangea:
- Feature “stacked” blooms
- Will bloom best in part sun (4-6 hours daily)
- Grow taller than other hydrangea (although you can prune them to stay short(er))
- Bloom longer than Mophead and Lacecap Hydrangea
- Also have stacked blooms
- Can take more shade; will perform better in shady locations
- Great for dark areas of the garden that need color
Arborescens Hydrangea or Smooth Hydrangea
- Giant puffs of blooms
- Great for cutting
- Although most plant tags will tell you to plant in part sun to full sun, in Northwest Arkansas, hydrangea perform best in part sun.
- Make an effort to plant them on the east side of your house, where they’ll get morning sun and afternoon shade.
- Hydrangea need a considerable amount of water to get established, but once they’re happy, they don’t need constant watering.
- Hydrangea are deciduous, which means they drop their leaves in the winter.
Good luck in the garden!