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Tip of the Week

We get lots of questions about hydranges!  Here is a simple guide to the major classifications and a few sample varieties of each.  Good basic info when planning for next spring's planting or trying to figure out why the variety that you have may not be blooming.

Hydrangea Varieties

Hydrangea arborescens – native species found growing in damp, shady areas of central and southern Ohio.  Will flower in deep shade. 

  • a. ‘Annabella’ a cultivar with large 12” flowers adaptable to sunny and partially shaded sites. 4’ x 4’

Hydrangea macrophylla – the majority of familiar cultivated hydrangeas are derived from this species..

  • m. ‘All Summer Beauty’ large flower heads of blue or pink all summer.  Blooms on old wood 3’ x 3’
  • m. ‘Endless Summer’ large flower heads of blue or pink on new or old wood.  Flowers all summer. 3.5’ x 3.5’
  • m. ‘Blushing Bride’ large flower heads of pink on new or old wood.  Flowers all summer.  3.5’ x 3.5’
  • m. ‘Big Daddy’ 12-14” large flower heads blue or pink on new and old wood. Flowers all summer long.   5’ x 6’
  • m. ‘Forever Pink’ rich clear pink flowers on old wood.  3’ x 3’
  • m. ‘Glowing Embers’ large fluorescent pink to red flowers on old wood.  Compact plant habit.  3’ x 3’
  • m. ‘Twist and Shout’ a lacecap variety with flower heads of blue or pink.  3’ x 3’

Hydrangea paniculata – flowers on new wood and likes the same conditions as other hydrangeas. 

  • p. ‘Limelight’ flowers open to a lime green color.  6’ x 6’
  • p. ‘Little Lamb’ smaller and more compact version of P.G. hydrangea.  6’ x 6’
  • p. ‘Pink Diamond’ large 8” x 12” lacy flowers in July/August.  Turns pink later in the season. 6’ x 6’
  • p. ‘Tardiva’ large showy white clusters on strong upright stems.  6’ x 8’
  • p. 'Quickfire' large white clusters of flowers turning pink with age.  Nice red stems contrast the green leaves.  6' x 6'