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Hydrangeas 101

Bigleaf Hydrangeas

Bigleaf Hydrangeas


Hydrangeas are a beloved addition to any garden, celebrated for their lush foliage and voluminous blooms. Available in various types, each with its unique charm, these shrubs can elevate the beauty of any outdoor space. Understanding how to plant and care for these plants properly ensures they thrive. Keep reading our quick guide to get started!

Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle Hydrangeas

Types of Hydrangeas

Before planting, it’s helpful to know the different types:

  • Bigleaf (H. macrophylla), known for their ability to change color based on soil pH.
  • Panicle (H. paniculata), distinguished by their cone-shaped flower clusters.
  • Smooth (H. arborescens), famous for their large, round flower heads.
  • Oakleaf (H. quercifolia), notable for their oak-shaped leaves and rustic fall color.
  • Mountain (H. serrata), distinguished by their compact size.
Smooth Hydrangeas

Smooth Hydrangeas

Planting Hydrangeas

The best times to plant hydrangeas are in the fall or early spring, allowing them to establish a strong root system before the blooming season. Choose a location with morning sun and afternoon shade, ideal for most types. Additionally, ensure the soil is rich in organic material and well-draining to prevent waterlogging.

Dig a hole about two feet wider than the root ball, matching the depth to ensure the plant is positioned correctly. Once you have enhanced the soil with compost for improved quality, you may plant, and top with mulch to help maintain moisture and temperature.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

General Care for Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas need about one inch of water per week, with adjustments during hotter, drier periods. Morning watering is also best to minimize evaporation and disease risk. Fertilize according to the specific type’s needs, guided by a soil test to ensure optimal nutrient delivery. Also, protect your plants from pests and diseases by choosing disease-resistant varieties and maintaining healthy growing conditions.

Mountain Hydrangeas

Mountain Hydrangeas


With the right care and knowledge, hydrangeas can be a stunning feature in your garden, offering a spectacular display of blooms year after year. Visit Strange’s choose from various hydrangeas and receive expert advice on how to nurture them into a breathtaking part of your garden landscape.

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