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Beautiful Hydrangeas for New England

Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea paniculata, Hydrangea quercifolia, Hydrangea serrata, Mophead Hydrangeas, Lacecap Hydrangeas, Mountain Hydrangeas, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, Panicle Hydrangeas, Smooth Hydrangeas

New England Hydrangeas, New England Hydrangea, New England Mophead Hydrangeas, New England Lacecap Hydrangeas, New England Mountain Hydrangeas, New England Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers that show off in gardens, containers or in vases around our living areas. Amazingly versatile, Hydrangeas bloom throughout summer and into fall, providing long-lasting color when many shrubs are already fading. Their flowers come in various shapes, ranging from the big, rounded flower clusters of the mophead hydrangeas to the delicate, flat, lacy flowers of the lacecap hydrangeas or to the pointy, conical flowerheads of the oakleaf hydrangeas.

Colors also beguile with deep blues, vibrant pinks, pristine whites, lavender, and rose. Some Hydrangea varieties have the added attraction of changing color depending on the soil pH. Strongly acidic soils allow these species to produce blue flowers; slightly acidic soils will produce pink flowers. To change the color of your Hydrangea, add aluminum sulfate to the soil to make the flowers bluer or add lime to the soil to make them pinker.

Many Hydrangeas are fragrant and others feature a wonderful foliage adding glorious fall color to the landscape. All are charming or glamorous.

Hardy Hydrangeas that bloom on new wood (current year’s growth) are safe picks for the New England region as their flowering buds will not be sacrificed to late frost. Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) and smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) are good regional selections. Bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), nationwide favorites with their billowy clouds of pink or blue blossoms from summer through fall, generally bloom on last year’s wood. However, some cultivars bloom both on new and old growth and flower regardless since their flower buds are produced not only in the fall but also in spring and summer.

The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in New England.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 3
Plant Type Shrubs
Genus Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height
Spread
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers
Tolerance Salt
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

Beautiful Hydrangeas for New England

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (Smooth Hydrangea)
Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball® (Smooth Hydrangea)
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Big Daddy’
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Peppermint’
Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer® BloomStruck®
Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer® The Original
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Greenspire’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)

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Hydrangea: Plant Care and Growing Guide
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Great North American Shrubs for Sunny, Well-Drained Soils in New England
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Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea)
Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea)
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 3
Plant Type Shrubs
Genus Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height
Spread
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers
Tolerance Salt
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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