Huge beautiful globes of colorful blooms nestled between vibrant green leaves make Hydrangea (Hydrangea) a stunning addition to your garden year round. Hydrangeas begin blooming in late spring and continue their showy pink, blue or white displays throughout the summer. In fall, color fades from the blooms, leaving large, attractive brown balls drooping gracefully from leafless stems, adding interest and elegance to the winter landscape.
Hydrangeas also make lovely indoor container plants. Their beautiful blooms and sweet fragrance add a welcome touch of spring to dreary winter rooms. When spring arrives, you can continue to enjoy Hydrangea’s lacey blooms for years to come by planting it outdoors. Wait until blooming has finished and the foliage has died back before relocating indoor Hydrangea plants to your outdoor garden. Less stress will be placed on the plant if it is moved while in a dormant state. Replanted Hydrangeas quickly establish themselves the first season after replanting and will begin blooming the following spring and every spring thereafter.
Easy to grow in a variety of garden conditions, Hydrangeas bloom in brilliantly-colored, ball-shaped clusters of tiny-petalled flowers. These plants do best with 3 to 6 hours of filtered sunlight per day but will grow well in both full sun and partial shade. Soil should be kept evenly moist and plants fertilized monthly for best display. To help maintain their deep blue color, blue-flowering Hydrangeas should be fed an acidic fertilizer like those made for Azaleas and other acid-loving plants. Faded blooms can be removed or left in place to add interest to the winter garden.
The Hydrangea’s large showy blooms make it an excellent showcase plant in large garden beds. The bushy growing behavior of this plant also makes Hydrangea a good choice for fence lines and garden borders.