Plant Family Guides: Hydrangeas

 

Hydrangea Types - Which one is yours?

A favorite of florists and gardeners, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which show off in gardens, containers or in vases around our living areas. Find the right Hydrangea for your home and garden by reviewing our detailed below guides and enjoy their charming or glamorous blooms year after year!

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Native to the United States, Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) is a very handsome and versatile deciduous shrub which provides a spectacular show all year round. Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, it produces a profusion of magnificent grapes of creamy-white flowers, up to 12 in. (30 cm), in late spring and early summer. Lasting about 3-4 weeks, the elongated flower clusters gradually turn pink as fall approches.

Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea)

Native to Japan, Hydrangea macrophylla (Big Leaf Hydrangea) is one of the most popular hydrangeas in our gardens. This deciduous shrub enjoys a rounded habit, large bold leaves and attractive clusters of long-blooming summer flowers. The species is divided into two groups: the Mophead Hydrangeas with large rounded flower heads, mostly packed with showy sterile florets, and the Lacecap Hydrangeas with flattened flower clusters composed of showy sterile florets radiating around a central cluster of tiny fertile florets.

Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea)

Native to the Eastern United States, Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea) is a widely branched deciduous shrub, acclaimed for its creamy-white flower clusters that brighten shady areas and bring life to the garden. Blooming profusely from early summer to fall, the distinctly domed to nearly rounded blossoms open lime-green, change to brilliant creamy-white before switching to a tan shade in the fall.

Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea)

Native to China and Japan, Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea) is a deservedly popular deciduous shrub. Tough, cold-hardy, easy-care, long-lived, it is laden with large, conical, snowy flowers from midsummer to fall. Each lacy flower cluster is composed of small fertile flowers, and larger showy sterile blossoms that are subtended by showy petal-like sepals. As an added bonus, they change color as fall approaches, gradually turning pink, and ultimately brown.

Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea)

Native to Japan and Korea, Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea) is a deciduous shrub of rounded habit with delicate lacecap flowers with flattened clusters from early to late summer. Reminiscent of the Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), it is however more refined in habit and its flowers and leaves are smaller. Borne in great quantity, the elegant blossoms of some cultivars have the wonderful habit of changing color 3 to 4 times per season.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Upper South Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Upper South region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Middle South Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Middle South region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Lower South Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Lower South region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Coastal South Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Coastal South region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for New England

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in New England.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Pacific Northwest Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which 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. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Pacific Northwest region.