best hydrangeas

  • best native hydrangeas

    The Best Native Hydrangeas: Plant Trial Results

    Everyone loves hydrangeas, but nobody wants to see a year’s worth of blooms wiped out by a deep winter freeze or a badly timed pruning session. Fortunately, there are a…

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    Winter-Hardy Hydrangeas

    If you haven’t noticed, there are suddenly more hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) for northern gardeners than ever before. If you've become frustrated with getting a hydrangea to…

  • hydrangeas for the south

    Stunning Hydrangeas for the Southern Garden

    Hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10) seem to be a necessary part of every Southern garden. Those big, billowy blue flowers under tall trees in shady gardens look cool…

  • mountain hydrangeas

    Growing Mountain Hydrangeas: The Tougher Hydrangea

    Many gardeners have started to look more closely at mountain hydrangeas. This species is native to the mountainous regions of Korea and Japan, an environment that produces plants that are…

  • new hydrangea

    The New Fairytrail Bride® Hydrangea Offers an Off-the-Charts Performance

    A breeding breakthrough, Fairytrail Bride® is the first hydrangea with the ability to produce flowers from every leaf joint, and it has a unique trailing habit to boot. White lacecap…

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    A Banner Year for Hydrangeas

    Today we’re in Elie Gilbert’s garden. I’ve been gardening for at least 70 years, but I’ve never seen a year like this for hydrangeas. Here in my Plymouth, Massachusetts, garden,…

  • pink smooth hydrangea

    Smooth and Oakleaf Hydrangeas for the Mid-Atlantic

    Summer in the Mid-Atlantic can be hot and somewhat devoid of flowers after spring blooms fade. However, hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) are just showing their bold flowers…

  • beautiful hydrangeas

    Beautiful Hydrangeas for Every Garden

    There is perhaps no more iconic flower than the hydrangea. Whether it’s the massive blossoms of the bigleaf varieties (Hydrangea macrophylla and cvs., Zones 5–9) or the interesting star-shaped blooms…

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    Serrata vs. Macrophylla for Southeast Gardeners

    Japanese mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata cvs., Zones 6–9) is worth a try in your garden, particularly if you feel that you have been disappointed by bigleaf hydrangeas (H. macrophylla cvs.,…

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    The Best New Hydrangeas

    If you grew up on the East Coast as I did, you know that hydrangeas are an iconic plant. I dare anyone to visit Cape Cod in the summer and…