Many people find Hydrangeas a bit confusing. Do they like sun or shade? Should you prune them? Should you fertilize them? Here is some basic information on getting to know Hydrangea types so you can better select and care for them.
There are six main types of Hydrangea. Most people think of Hydrangeas as shade plants, but they look and flower best with at least four hours of sun per day, ideally in the morning. Hydrangea appreciate afternoon shade. Panicle hydrangeas are the most sun tolerant, and can take full sun in northern climates.
- Bigleaf, Hydrangea macrophylla: (also known as mophead, florist’s hydrangea, hortensia, or lacecap)
Panicle, Hydrangea paniculata: (also known as peegee hydrangea. Panicles are the only type of Hydrangea that can be trained into tree form)
- Smooth, Hydrangea arborescens: (also known as Annabelle hydrangea)
- Oakleaf, Hydrangea quercifolia
- Climbing, Hydrangea petiolaris
- Mountain, Hydrangea serrata
What do the different varieties of Hydrangea look like? See this wonderful catalogue from Proven Winners.
How do I prune them? This chart from Proven Winners is extremely helpful.
How big do they get? This chart from Proven Winners is extremely helpful.
Why aren’t my Hydrangea blooming? Watch this great video by Laura, at Garden Answers.