Hydrangeas are an incredibly varied and interesting group of large and small shrubs that have become a staple in many residential gardens throughout the United States. Typically growing 3-10 feet tall at full maturity, this deciduous plant is hardy to USDA Zone 5-9 and, although more sensitive to the cold, even some more northern regions will see hardiness down to the low 30s Fahrenheit for short periods of time.
Native to Eastern Asia, hydrangeas are known for their delightful showy flower heads that can be found in shades of pink, white or off-white, blue, lavender and even a unique purple that appears almost as an unusual color. The flowers can also be two-toned with contrasting eyes, speckled or striped with another color for a particularly standout display.
These unique blooms are counterpointed with striking ornamental foliage that can range from large, glossy green leaves to smaller, leathery foliage found in more dwarf or creeping varieties. When it comes to planting, grow hydrangeas in moist but well-drained and slightly acidic soil, enriched with organic matter and also ensure they receive enough shade or semi-shade throughout the day. For those located in colder regions consider growing hydrangeas in a pot to ensure that they have the right conditions to thrive during the winter months.
Hydrangeas are relatively easy to propagate by stem cuttings taken between April to August and can boast an incredibly generous flowering period throughout the summer. This lovely and hardy shrub has become a sought-after addition to many horticultural displays and is sure to bring a burst of color and life to any outdoor area.