Hydrangeas! Everybody loves them. They are at home in almost any garden, and gardeners know it. Their lush greenery and long-lived flowers make them a favorite among landscapers and amateur gardeners alike. Hydrangeas bloom year after year, stay in bloom from early spring to late autumn, and some of them have the ability to change floral color like magic. Because hydrangeas are such a favorite, they tend to be a big seller.
Retailers offer a range of different types of hydrangeas. It’s important to know what you are getting, because there’s a lot of variety. Some are different species, some are merely different cultivars. Cultivars are different looking plants of the same species (think: dog breeds.)
Gets a little confusing, right? Well, here’s a quick guide to the most common types of hydrangeas you can buy for your garden.
Macrophylla is by far the most widely distributed kind of hydrangea, with many cultivars available. It has triangular leaves and bursts of floral color arranged in either “mopheads,” which are groups of flowers shaped like pompoms, or “lacecap hydrangeas,” which are flat-topped groups of flowers. Continue reading