Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangea Plant Features

There's something almost magical about a hydrangea in full bloom, with its lush, full, pillow-like look. Endless Summer and other re-blooming hydrangea varieties offer the benefit of an extra-long bloom season because they flower on both new and old growth. This means you can enjoy flowers from June until frost. Use hydrangea in your flower border or mass them to create a low flowering hedge. Hydrangea will also look great in tubs and planters. These easy-care shrubs can grow 5 feet tall and wide. You can also clip hydrangea for fresh cut bouquets. Hardy from zones 4-9

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Hydrangea Growing Instructions

Hydrangeas grow best in a spot that's sunny in the morning, but has some shade during the hottest part of the day. If the plant is growing in too much shade it won't have enough energy to bloom well, but grow it in too much sun and it will look constantly wilted in the hot afternoon sun. Hydrangea likes a rich, well-drained soil. Feed your shrubs with a slow-release granular fertilizer in the spring.

Many hydrangeas have flowers that respond in color to the pH of the soil. If you have acidic soil, the flowers will be more blue; if you have more alkaline soil, the flowers will be more pink. If you want to make your flowers blue add sulfur or aluminum sulfate; if you want your flowers to be pink, add lime. White hydrangeas cannot change color no matter what the pH. Prune hydrangeas right after the flowers fade.

Hydrangeas are not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

  • Colors




  • Special Features

    Attracts hummingbirds

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Hydrangea

Create a colorful shrub border with Azalea and Hydrangea.

The feathery flowers of Astilbe and the ball-shaped blooms of Hydrangea are a great combination.

Large-leaved Hosta looks lovely planted alongside Hydrangea.

Our favorite varieties

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'

Because ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea blooms on new and old wood, you’ll enjoy its blue or pink flowers from spring to fall. This dependable beauty prefers partial shade and grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Use it as a specimen plant in a large tub or planter or line several up to create an easy-care and colorful hedge. Zones 4-9.

Vanilla Strawberry

Vanilla Strawberry

Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanilla Strawberry'

Vanilla Strawberry is an impressive hydrangea that boasts big, 7-inch-wide flower clusters that start pure white and mature to a rich strawberry pink color. This sun-loving hydrangea grows 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 3-8