Hydrangeas are one of the most popular perennial garden shrubs, mostly due to their mesmerising big flowers in pink, white or blue color and nice foliage, even in autumn. They add a vintage charm to any garden. But they are not only beautiful, they are also easy to care for. What makes them fascinating is the ability to change the color of the flowers.
Easy to grow, hardy and resistant to most pests and diseases, with so many varieties to choose from, Hydrangeas are a must-have in every garden. You can also grow them in containers. Their flowers make stunning floral arrangements, used both fresh and dried. If you’d like to have these pretty ladies in your garden all you need to do is to follow our easy tips on how to plant them, grow them and take proper care for them.
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First thing you need to do before planting Hydrangeas in your garden is to choose the right varieties. There are two main groups: plants that bloom on new growth and plants that bloom on old growth. The first group of Hydrangeas form their buds in early summer on new growth and are pretty easy to care of. Panicle and Smooth Hydrangeas are most popular varieties from this group.
The second group, or plants that bloom on old growth, are Hydrangeas that you should consider if you line in Zone 8 or warmer. Oakleaf, Bigleaf and Climbing Hydrangeas are some of the best varieties from this group.