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About Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a classic landscape and garden feature, and they’re virtually unmistakable! Their trademark cluster blooms change color depending on the pH of the soil, with the exception of true white blooming species (Paniculata and Quercifolia). Specifically, pink blooms come from alkaline soil, blue from acidic soil, and purple from somewhere in between.

Hydrangea Selection Tips

We sell three notably different species: Paniculata, Macrophylla, and Quercifolia. Each type has its own strengths in the landscape.

Paniculata (or Panicle) types include varieties such as the White Wedding Hydrangea and Limelight Hydrangea. These shrubs are traditionally summer bloomers and are ideal for Full Sun applications. They produce cones of white panicle blooms that age to varying degrees of pink depending on the breed. This species is known for their fast-growth as well.

Macrophylla (or Mophead) selections, like the Bloomstruck Hydrangea and Summer Crush Hydrangea, are perfect for Partial Shade gardens. This is the group that features color-changing blooms depending upon the soil pH. Lacecap varieties also fall under this category. In addition, some from this species bloom only in summer. While others, such as Endless Summer varieties, rebloom from late spring through fall.

Quercifolia varieties include the Semmes Beauty Oakleaf Hydrangea. This type is perfect for Partial Shade gardens where you need a taller element with attractive white blooms. They bring an indisputable elegance to any landscape.

All three types are deciduous, meaning that they’ll go dormant every winter. Therefore, they’re all impressively cold hardy.

Hydrangea History

The name itself comes from the Greek words, ‘hydros,’ which means water,’ and ‘angos,’ which roughly translates to ‘jar.’ This name initially referred to the spherical shape of the flower head. However, it’s ironically also an applicable name due to the regular watering required to keep them perky and healthy.

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