These Common Hydrangeas Make a Great Addition to Your Garden

Blue and pink hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to any garden landscape.

Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to any garden landscape. Hydrangeas have 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas.

Because hydrangeas have such persistent flowers, they are great for drying or for use as cut flowers to decorate your home. Their unique shaped flowers make them a great addition to any bouquet or centerpiece.

The following are common to the Midwest region:

Panicle hydrangeas: Hydrangea paniculata are known for their long panicles from which their large flowers bloom. Their cone-shaped panicles can range from six to 18 inches long, as opposed to the bulb shaped flower heads of other hydrangeas. Their flowers will first appear as white, but as the plant grows older, the flowers may turn pink.
Colors: White turning to pink or bronze, bi-color or lime green.
Bloom time: Midsummer through fall depending on variety
Sunlight: Sun to part shade
Popular Cultivars for the Midwest region include: peegee, limelight, little lime, vanilla strawberry, bobo and quickfire

Smooth hydrangeas: Arborescens are a much-loved flowering shrub, some with large-sized blooms. Most are known to be so heavy with flowers that they flop over. The most striking cultivar of smooth hydrangea is the Annabelle. It produces white, round flower heads that look like large snowballs and can grow to be 12 inches in diameter.
Colors: White or pink
Bloom time: Summer to fall depending on the variety
Sunlight: Sun to part shade, morning sun afternoon shade, or dappled shade all day
Popular cultivars for the Midwest region include: invincibelle spirit, incrediball, Annabelle and Bella Anna

Bigleaf hydrangea: Hydrangea macrophylla is one of the most widely recognized species of hydrangeas. The species is divided into two groups: Mopheads have globe-shaped flowers. Lacecaps have flattened flower heads, and the outer ring of flowers are different than the inner flowers.
Colors: Blue, pink, multicolored
Bloom time: Early summer to fall depending on the variety
Sunlight: Sun to part shade
Popular cultivars: Nikko blue, The Endless Summer® collection

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