Hydrangea Varieties and Care

Learn which hydrangea varieties to grow in your garden.

  • Find more than 500 top-performing, multi-season plants in “Powerhouse Plants.”
    Cover Courtesy Timber Press
  • The flowerheads of ‘Pink Lady’ start off white, develop pink tinges, and mature to deep pink. Flowering is most dramatic when plants are pruned hard each spring.
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  • The prettily marked spring-to-fall foliage of ‘Maculata’ hosts white lacecap flowers in summer.
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  • Hydrangea quercifolia is a fine plant with bold summer foliage, impressive summer flowers (‘Snowflake’ here), and rich purple fall color.
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  • The bright yellow foliage of ‘Little Honey’ (‘Brihon’), with its pink stalks, turns red in fall.
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  • Where its large size can be accommodated, H. aspera var. sargentiana is welcome for its several ornamental features, including its lacecap flowers.
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  • After its white flowers, ‘Annabelle’ develops a whole new color range as it transitions into winter.
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Find plants that look good for more than just a few weeks of the year in Powerhouse Plants (Timber Press, 2013). Author and plantsman Graham Rice shows you how to get the best value from plants that work hard for you, changing beautifully and dramatically through the seasons. In this excerpt, learn which hydrangea varieties you should plant in your garden.

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: Powerhouse Plants.


deciduous shrub

spring to fall foliage

summer and fall flowers

A diversity of tough easy-to-grow types, with flowers and foliage in evolving colors

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