Hydrangea macrophylla spp.
Hydrangeas are one of the most popular garden plants used in today. They are extremely attractive and can provide large, mophead blooms in a variety of colors including pink, white, blue and purple. The blue 'Endless Summer' varieties are particularly attractive and one of the few blue plants. There are many different varieties to choose from as well as sizes and bloom types. Hydrangeas prefer shady conditions and protection from the sun and do like to have slightly more acidic soils are are often accompanied by Azaleas. Hydrangeas will provide blooms from spring through summer and are deciduous and will require pruning in the winter. Best uses are for understory, shady areas and in compliment with evergreen plants and backdrop.
Pros: Colorful blooms, shade tolerant
Cons: Deciduous, usually require soil amendments
Size: 3' wide x 5' high
Light: Filtered Shade -Shade
Bloom Color: White, pink, purple, blue
Fall Color: Red to Purple
Water Needs: Normal
Similar Plants: Oakleaf Hydrangea