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How to Care for and Choose Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas come in a staggering array of shapes, sizes, and varieties. Knowing which of these flowering shrubs will do best in your backyard is the first step to success with this beautiful bloomer. Plus get tips on how to care for hydrangeas.
Jill Gantzer
Jill Gantzer • 1 year ago

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Pink Shira A relatively new mophead variety, Pink Shira Hydrangea macrophylla is a favorite for its strong stems, compact habit, and long-lasting blooms. Its flowers start out a lovely shade of lime green then turn pink or lavender (this one doesn't go blue. It grows 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9

Big Daddy One of the showiest mophead hydrangeas you can grow, Big Daddy Hydrangea macrophylla features huge (14 inch-wide) clusters of blue or pink blooms. The long-lasting flowers are great for cutting because they have strong stems. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9 One note: Because the flowers are so large, the stems can flop if you grow the plant in extra-rich soil or too much shade