The Hydrangea species originated in Asia and in some locations in North and South America. The hydrangea species consists of over one hundred varieties. There are 4 categories of hydrangeas that are popular and are marketed extensively in the United States. The categories are: Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Hydrangea paniculata. The aforementioned hydrangeas can be described as a deciduous perennial shrub with low woody branches. Hydrangeas are popular for its wide variety of colors and numerous uses. Hydrangea varieties can be found that will do well in zones 3 through 9.
Hydrangea bushes are easy to grow. Most varieties prefer full sun and they can also use late afternoon shade in warmer climates to prevent wilting. Plant them in well drained, rich, loamy soil. If your soils are not rich and loamy, we suggest amending the soil before planting. Amend with rich compost for best results. Hydrangeas should be kept moist in the growing season for the best flower production. Pruning, if needed, should be done in the winter or early spring. Hydrangeas can be cut back close to the ground if they get too large are damaged.